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eel  audio  (l) KEY 

NOUN:
pl. eel or eels
  1. Any of various long, snakelike, scaleless marine or freshwater fishes of the order Anguilliformes or Apodes that lack pelvic fins and characteristically migrate from fresh water to salt water to spawn.
  2. Any of several similar fishes, such as the lamprey and electric eel.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English ele, from Old English l


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