American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See glass eel.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A young eel; especially, a young conger- or sea-eel.
- n. a young eel
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A young eel; a young conger or sea eel; -- called also
- n. young eel; may be sauteed or batter-fried
- n. young eel
- From earlier eelfare ("migration of eels upstream"), from eel + fare. (Wiktionary)
- Alteration of eelfare, a brood of young eels, the passage of young eels up a river : eel + fare, journey (obsolete). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The elver is the baby freshwater eel that is born in the Sargasso Sea south of Bermuda and drifts over to Europe on the Gulf Stream in the spring.”
“Shortz, whose undemanding intellectual rigor -- An adult elver?”
“Thanks to everyone who pointed out that an elver is a kind of eel.”
“The change of V F strongly suggests a South Western origin of the word elver.”
“The young elver, at least a year old, which makes its way from the open sea to the estuaries and rivers.”
“By the time they have reached the elver stage, they have made their way, guided only by instinct, from the deep sea to the surface, and thence to the mouths of rivers; these they ascend in millions, and in their endeavour to get into fresh water, they have to overcome obstacles such as would deter most boys and girls.”
“And it is true that the "Whitebait of the West", as the elver is known locally, currently sells for £250 a kilogram.”
“The elver may be fishy lucre to the hardy but for the rest of us it is easier to keep the day job.”
“The elver has fed and financed generations of the city, providing protein for the poor and pin money for the penniless.”
“Today the elver is sold to the eel-eating Germans, Poles and Dutch, who all use it to restock their depleted rivers.”
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but now they're not because I looked them up. In cases of polysemy or homography, *of course* it was the oddest meaning that stumped me. ;)
These have some growing up to do.
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Unlike Noah, I have only one of each animal.
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