eel

Definitions

  • The Puppet Was Wriggling Like an Eel
    The Puppet Was Wriggling Like an Eel
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n eel voracious snakelike marine or freshwater fishes with smooth slimy usually scaleless skin and having a continuous vertical fin but no ventral fins
    • n eel the fatty flesh of eel; an elongate fish found in fresh water in Europe and America; large eels are usually smoked or pickled
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A vinegar eel A vinegar eel
Eel-bucks Eel-bucks

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The adult electric eel can produce a five hundred volt shock, which is enough to stun a horse
    • n Eel (Zoöl) An elongated fish of many genera and species. The common eels of Europe and America belong to the genus Anguilla. The electrical eel is a species of Gymnotus. The so called vinegar eel is a minute nematode worm. See Conger eel Electric eel, and Gymnotus.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An electric eel can produce a shock of up to 650 volts.
    • n eel An elongated apodal fish of the family Anguillidæ and genus Anguilla, of which there are several species. The body is very long and subcylindrical, covered with discrete minute elliptical scales, chiefly arranged diagonally to the axis and at right angles with one another, but immersed in the skin, and partly concealed by a slippery mucous coat. The head is somewhat depressed, and the lower jaw protuberant. The teeth are slender, conic, and crowded in small bands in both jaws and in a longitudinal band on the vomer. The dorsal, anal, and caudal fins are nearly uniform, and completely united into one, the dorsal beginning near the second third of the entire length of the body. The color is generally brownish or blackish, except on the belly, which is whitish or silvery. The females attain a considerably larger size than the males. The sexual organs are minute except in the breeding season, and sexual intercourse takes place in the sea. Young females ascend into fresh water, but the males remain in salt water, and have rarely been seen; and when full-grown the females return to the sea for sexual intercourse and spawning. Eels are of much economic importance, and objects of special fisheries. The common European species is Anguilla anguilla or A. vulgaris; the American is A. rostrata. See Anguilla, Anguillidæ.
    • n eel Any fish of the order Apodes or Symbranchii, of which there are many families and several hundred species.
    • n eel Some fish resembling or likened to an eel; an anguilliform fish.
    • n eel Some small nematoid or threadworm, as of the family Anguillulidæ, found in vinegar, sour paste, etc. See vinegar-eel, and cut under Nematoidea.
    • n eel Hence— A rope's end; a flogging.
    • n eel Leptocephalus wilsoni of Australia.
    • n eel Congromuræna habenata of New Zealand.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Unlike most fish, electric eels cannot get enough oxygen from water. Approximately every five minutes, they must surface to breathe, or they will drown. Unlike most fish, they can swim both backwards and forwards.
    • n Eel a name widely applied in popular usage, but justifiably extended to all the members of the family Murænidæ—the body is much elongated, cylindrical or ribbon-shaped
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Quotations

  • Lope de Vega
    Lope de Vega
    “Take every gain without showing remorse about missed profits, because an eel may escape sooner than you think.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. l,; akin to D., G., & Dan. aal, Icel. āll, Sw. ål,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ǽl; Ger., Dut. aal.

Usage

In literature:

It's an eel and a beauty too.
"A Little Florida Lady" by Dorothy C. Paine
Kai Pomo (between Eel River and South Fork).
"Indian Linguistic Families Of America, North Of Mexico" by John Wesley Powell
So I said I'd go and see if I could catch a couple of eels and sunfish or something.
"Pee-Wee Harris Adrift" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
One arrived, happily, at the sea by the Padada river, and from it came eels in the sea.
"The Wild Tribes of Davao District, Mindanao" by Fay-Cooper Cole
The long muscles of his back slipped like eels under his white skin.
"Crittenden" by John Fox, Jr.
Prepare the eels according to directions given for Stewed Eels a la Americaine, sprinkling with shallot and parsley also.
"How to Cook Fish" by Olive Green
One day he determined to go and dine with the stewards, where he was served as before with eel pasties.
"One Hundred Merrie And Delightsome Stories" by Various
Like an eel he slipped through reaching arms and darted forward.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
Jinzaemon, can you cook eels?
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
Eels seem to spawn in the deep dark water; but the just liberated eggs have not yet been found.
"The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by J. Arthur Thomson
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In poetry:

I lay in the abyss, where twisting squeezing
The lowest form of life pushed itself peristaltically.
Where slippery and slimy worm and eel entwined,
I was a worm myself, overwhelmed with exhaustion.
"One Hour Ater The Dance Of Death" by Franz Werfel
"And what did she give you, Lord Randall, my son?
And what did she give you, my handsome young man?"
"Eels fried in broo; mother, make my bed soon,
For I'm wearied wi hunting, and fain wad lie doon."
"Lord Randall" by Anonymous British
And then once more far up will they spring,
To drift and sport and plunder,
Shark, eel and whale and devil-thing,
With tooth to rend and tail to sting.
To the sea, O God, does horror cling
And haunting past all wonder.
"In Time Of Awe" by Cale Young Rice
Did ye hear of Sunderland, Aikendrum, Aikendrum
Did ye hear of Sunderland, Aikendrum
That man of high command, who has sworn to clear the land
He has vanished from our strand, Aikendrum, Aikendrum,
Or the eel has ta'en the sand, Aikendrum.
"Aikendrum" by James Hogg
Dive down in search, where the root is found;
In vain you look for the purer ground;
The root is fixed in the foulest mud;
And from it grows this pure lily bud;
While speckled frogs, and the slimy eels,
Around its roots find their daily meals.
"The Water Lily " by Joseph Horatio Chant
Do you call to mind with me
How, one night, you and your three
Took my wagon all to pieces for to hang it on a tree?
How you hung it up, you eels,
Straight and steady, by the wheels?
I've a mind to take you out there now, and hang you by your heels!
"Johnny Rich" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

Midday at the mouth of the Klamath River, north spit, the second good week of eel season.
Eel enters man's penis in spa treatment, is surgically removed.
One unusual spa treatment resulted in a painful mishap as an eel traveled up a Chinese man's penis.
Sep 24, 2012 — Muscular fish like salmon, tuna and eel can benefit from more exercise in a farmed fish environment.
On Saturday, Sept 15, the local business www.butterflyway.com will host their third Annual Western Tiger Swallowtail event from noon to 4 pm at 1853 Eel River Dr in Fortuna (off Kenmar Road just past the strawberry farm).
Living Fossil' Eel Swam at Dawn of Dinosaur Age.
In an undersea cavern off the coast of Palau, biologists have discovered an eel unlike any other.
Weighing half that of a robin, this tiny tern feeds on small fish, crustaceans, and sand eels.
Now that the eels have been evicted, Matthew Gleason is poised to open a restaurant on the boat Celebration.
Eel Lake in Tugman Park Click to enlarge.
Crabs smash Eels in front of sold out Arcata Ball Park crowd.
But the Humboldt Crabs-Eel River Eels matchup wasn't about victory or defeat.
AZTV7/Cable 13, Me-TV 7.2, RTV 7.3, Phoenix-Prescott, AZThe Wilderness Land Trust Protects 520 acres in California's South Fork Eel River Wilderness , Purchase Protects Endangered Native Plants & Fish and Provides Future Public Access.
It's an eel-like creature that's actually a salamander.
An eel is removed from a man's bladder.
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In science:

From the eel-like robot project, many results have been obtained concerning the mechanical design, which led, on the basis of a serial stacking of parallel modules, to the first version of our prototype.
The eel-like robot
Rewriting Eel in terms of time-derivative of phases, the Fourier transform K (q⊥ , qz ) of the new coefficients Ki,j (z − z ′ ) = 1 4e2 Ci,j (z − z ′), has the physical meaning of a compressibility.
Critical disorder effects in Josephson-coupled quasi-one-dimensional superconductors
It is interestingly found that the OSMT phase completely vanishes at half filling. A Slatertype spin-gapped insulator and an orbital polarized band insulator are also found in magnetic phase diagrams, in addition to the conventional PM and N ´eel antiferromagnetic (AFM) metallic phases.
Effect of Spin Correlations on Multi-orbital Metal-Insulator Transitions and Suppression of Orbital Selective Mott Transitions
We adopt an optimizing method to get the minimized groundstate energy for four different magnetic con figurations, including the PM or nonmagnetic, ferromagnetic (FM) and N ´eel AFM states.
Effect of Spin Correlations on Multi-orbital Metal-Insulator Transitions and Suppression of Orbital Selective Mott Transitions
The observed excitations are consistent with optical, x-ray, and EELS measurements of d-d excitations.
Probing high-energy electronic excitations using inelastic neutron scattering
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