Definition of garden eel in English:

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garden eel

Entry from US English dictionary


An eel of warm seas that lives in a community or “garden.” Each individual occupies a burrow from which its head and foreparts protrude, enabling it to catch passing food.
  • Several genera and species, family Congridae.
Example sentences
  • Other tanks in the exhibition will house a variety of eels, from razor-toother morays to a colony of distinctive garden eels, which anchor themselves in burrows with the tops of their tails and stand vertically like strands of seaweed.
  • Having played with the big shoals of fish for a while, I explore the rubble at the base of the reef, finding pairs of dartfish, garden eels, a blue-spotted stingray and a mantis shrimp which scuttles into its burrow.
  • Sand divers and garden eels, still feeding in the early evening on suspended plankton, plunged into the sand as our bright lights illuminated the darkening water.

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Syllabification: gar·den eel

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