UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈiːl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/il/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ēl)

Inflections of 'eel' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.):
nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors." (All usages)
nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors." (Can be used as a collective plural—e.g. "Eel generally live in shallow waters.")

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
eel /il/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl. (esp. when thought of as a group) eel, (esp. for kinds or species) eels. 
  1. Fisha long-bodied, snakelike fish.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
eel  (ēl),USA pronunciation n., pl. (esp. collectively) eel,  (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) eels. 
  1. Fishany of numerous elongated, snakelike marine or freshwater fishes of the order Apodes, having no ventral fins.
  2. Fishany of several similar but unrelated fishes, as the lamprey.
eellike, adj. 
eely, adj. 
  • bef. 1000; Middle English ele, Old English ēl, ǣl; cognate with Dutch aal, German Aal, Old Norse āll

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
eel /iːl/ n
  1. any teleost fish of the order Apodes (or Anguilliformes), such as the European freshwater species Anguilla anguilla, having a long snakelike body, a smooth slimy skin, and reduced fins
  2. any of various other animals with a long body and smooth skin, such as the mud eel and the electric eel
  3. an evasive or untrustworthy person
Etymology: Old English ǣl; related to Old Frisian ēl, Old Norse āll, Old High German āl

ˈeel-ˌlike adj ˈeely adj
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