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Dictionary Definition



1 marine eellike mostly bottom-dwelling fishes of northern seas [syn: pout]
2 elongate freshwater cod of northern Europe and Asia and North America having barbels around its mouth [syn: burbot, ling, cusk, Lota lota]

User Contributed Dictionary



Old English aele-puta (eel + pout)


eelpout (or eel-pout)
  1. A marine fish of the family Zoarcidae.
  2. A yellow flower of uncertain type, possibly the eel-ware.


Extensive Definition

The eelpouts are a family (Zoarcidae) of perciform ray-finned fish. As the name suggests, they are somewhat eel-like in appearance, with elongate bodies and the dorsal and anal fins continuous with the caudal fin. All of the approximately 220 species are marine, mostly bottom-dwelling, some at great depths.
The largest member of the family is the ocean pout Zoarces americanus, which may reach 1.1 meter.
Other names for family members include unernak, slipskin, fish doctor, burbot, and lawyer.


eelpout in German: Aalmuttern
eelpout in French: Zoarcidae
eelpout in Galician: Zoarcidae
eelpout in Lithuanian: Netikrosios vėgėlės
eelpout in Dutch: Puitalen
eelpout in Norwegian: Ålekvabber
eelpout in Polish: Węgorzycowate
eelpout in Portuguese: Zoarcidae
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