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elver

Syllabification: el·ver
Pronunciation: /ˈelvər
 
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Definition of elver in English:

noun

A young eel, especially when undergoing mass migration upriver from the sea.
Example sentences
  • Measures are now being taken to decrease the impact of fisheries on A. rostrata populations in the United States, such as more closely regulating harvesting of glass eels and elvers.
  • In Cambray's freshwater fish surveys he met many farmers who have seen the little elvers and the large eels in their rivers and thought that the eels bred in the rivers.
  • Countries which used to buy mature eels from suppliers like Crowell are now buying elvers to raise and breed themselves.

Origin

mid 17th century: variant of dialect eel-fare 'the passage of young eels up a river', also 'a brood of young eels', from eel + fare in its original sense 'a journey'.

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