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Any of a number of scaleless, snakelike fish.
[M.E. ele, fr. O.E. ael]
eelEel has been long considered (1,300 years) an aphrodisiac in Japan and is traditionally eaten on the hottest day of the year; there is no data to support the alleged aphrodisiac effect, which appears related to its phallic shape.
eelany TELEOST fish of the Anguilliformes, having a smooth, shiny skin, a long, snakelike body and reduced fins.
elongated, serpent-like fish with no scales. Most are marine species but there are some freshwater types. They are members of the order Apodes and constitute a number of suborders.
several isolates from eels have not been shown to be associated with disease in eels, but some are pathogenic for trout and salmon.
thought to be a viral infection.
see dorsal stripe.