One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An eellike freshwater fish of South America, using pulses of electricity to kill prey, to assist in navigation, and for defense.
- ‘Pink dolphins frolic in the waters beside meter-long giant Amazonian turtles, 400-pound pirarucus - the world's largest freshwater fish; endangered Amazonian manatees swim with black caiman and electric eels.’
- ‘We dared friends to touch the gleaming ball at the Children's Museum that set your hair on end; wowed at the electric eel discharging itself in the aquarium.’
- ‘In one case it was discovered that they used the electrical charge of the Malapterusus electricus, a close relative of the electric eel, to cure certain kinds of pain.’
- ‘Some missions pit you against a giant something - jellyfish, fly, electric eel.’
- ‘An added attraction will be the ‘Aqua Show’ from Chennai with sea lions and electric eels and exotic fish.’
- ‘The Romans used electric eels to shock such people.’
- ‘I noticed he was holding her at arm's length, ostensibly trying to get a look at her, though with the subtly of someone holding an electric eel.’
- ‘Describing a canoe trip through the remote Napo River system in Ecuador, she notes that: Piranha fish live in the lakes, and electric eels.’
- ‘However, he likened it more to having taken a hold of an electric eel, for she seem to crackle with energy, even though she made no moment or sound.’
- ‘The images of the electric eel and the popping tangle of seaweed convey something of the speed and surprisingness of William's mind.’
- ‘Rich touches upon life as if it were an electric eel, both organic and shocking.’
- ‘He points out that there is evidence that electric eels were used to numb an area of pain, or to anaesthetize it for medical treatment.’
- ‘In the Amazon, for example, you could run into an angry mob of electric eels, which can discharge up to 600 volts into the water, enough to stop a weak heart.’
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