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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of the small, flat, transparent larvae of eels and certain other fishes, characterized by a long, narrow head.

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  • n. the larva of an eel, flat in shape and transparent

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A spurious genus of eel-like fishes, having a very thin diaphanous body, formerly regarded as a valid generic type and hence giving name to the Leptocephalid├Ž, but now generally considered to be the larval form of a conger.
  • n. The larval or aborted stage of the conger and allied fishes, when the body is much compressed and hyaline and no generative organs are developed.
  • n. The genus otherwise called Conger.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. slender transparent larva of eels and certain fishes

Etymologies

New Latin : lepto- + cephalus, head (from Greek -kephalos, -headed); see -cephalous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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