American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A long, eellike freshwater fish (Electrophorus electricus) of northern South America, having organs capable of producing a powerful electric discharge.
- n. Electrophorus electricus, a species of fish resembling an eel (not related) that is capable of generating powerful electric shocks.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Zoöl.) a South American eel-like fresh-water fish of the genus Gymnotus (G. electricus), from two to five feet in length, capable of giving a violent electric shock. See Gymnotus.
- n. eel-shaped freshwater fish of South America having electric organs in its body
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