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British pronunciation/ˈiːl/
American pronunciation/ˈiɫ/
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a long and thin freshwater or marine fish that is like a snake, sometimes eaten as food

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What is an "eel"?

An eel is a snake-like fish known for its slippery and serpentine appearance. They belong to the order Anguilliformes and can be found in both freshwater and saltwater habitats worldwide. Eels have a streamlined body covered in smooth, slimy skin, which aids in their swift and agile movements. They lack pelvic fins and have small, pectoral fins located near the head. Eels are predominantly carnivorous, feeding on a variety of prey such as fish, crustaceans, and small invertebrates. They are well-known for their ability to generate electric currents, which they use for communication, navigation, and hunting. Eels have a complex life cycle, with most species undergoing long migrations to reproduce. While some eels are prized as a delicacy in certain cuisines, others are valued for their ecological roles in maintaining the balance of aquatic ecosystems.

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the fatty flesh of eel; an elongate fish found in fresh water in Europe and America; large eels are usually smoked or pickled

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The eel had the ability to slip between rocks and crevices in the stream with incredible agility.
The suspect in the crime is as slippery as an eel, making it challenging for the detectives to gather enough evidence.
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