- 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.")
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eel /il/USA pronunciation
n.[countable], pl. (esp. when thought of as a group) eel, (esp. for kinds or species) eels. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Fisha long-bodied, snakelike fish.
(ēl),USA pronunciation n., pl. (esp. collectively) eel, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) eels.
- Fishany of numerous elongated, snakelike marine or freshwater fishes of the order Apodes, having no ventral fins.
- Fishany of several similar but unrelated fishes, as the lamprey.
- bef. 1000; Middle English ele, Old English ēl, ǣl; cognate with Dutch aal, German Aal, Old Norse āll
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eel /iːl/ n
Etymology: Old English ǣl; related to Old Frisian ēl, Old Norse āll, Old High German ālˈeel-ˌlike adj ˈeely adj
- 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
- any of various other animals with a long body and smooth skin, such as the mud eel and the electric eel
- an evasive or untrustworthy person
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