Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In the Thames valley, the migration of young eels up the river.
  • noun A fry or brood of eels.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.), Prov. Eng. A brood of eels.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective rare, obsolete the movement of eels, especially migratory

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Examples

  • With respect, when you make a word the second element in a compound its initial consonant is no longer an initial, by definition; in the sentence "the eel fares well" the f- is initial, but in eelfare it's not, and different rules apply.

    languagehat.com: ELVER AND ALBUM.

  • 1 Elver 'a young eel' is a variant of eelfare 'the passage of young eels up a river; a brood of young eels'; the first OED citation shows nicely the phonetic development:

    languagehat.com: ELVER AND ALBUM.

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