electrical fish


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Electric \E*lec"tric\ ([-e]*l[e^]k"tr[i^]k), Electrical
\E*lec"tric*al\ ([-e]*l[e^]k"tr[i^]*kal), a. [L. electrum amber,
   a mixed metal, Gr. 'h`lektron; akin to 'hle`ktwr the beaming
   sun, cf. Skr. arc to beam, shine: cf. F. ['e]lectrique. The
   name came from the production of electricity by the friction
   of amber.]
   1. Pertaining to electricity; consisting of, containing,
      derived from, or produced by, electricity; as, electric
      power or virtue; an electric jar; electric effects; an
      electric spark; an electric charge; an electric current;
      an electrical engineer.
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   2. Capable of occasioning the phenomena of electricity; as,
      an electric or electrical machine or substance; an
      electric generator.
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   3. Electrifying; thrilling; magnetic. "Electric Pindar."
      --Mrs. Browning.
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   4. powered by electricity; as, electrical appliances; an
      electric toothbrush; an electric automobile.
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   Electric atmosphere, or Electric aura. See under Aura.
      

   Electrical battery. See Battery.

   Electrical brush. See under Brush.

   Electric cable. See Telegraph cable, under Telegraph.
      

   Electric candle. See under Candle.

   Electric cat (Zo["o]l.), one of three or more large species
      of African catfish of the genus Malapterurus (esp. {M.
      electricus} of the Nile). They have a large electrical
      organ and are able to give powerful shocks; -- called also
      sheathfish.

   Electric clock. See under Clock, and see
      Electro-chronograph.

   Electric current, a current or stream of electricity
      traversing a closed circuit formed of conducting
      substances, or passing by means of conductors from one
      body to another which is in a different electrical state.
      

   Electric eel, or Electrical eel (Zo["o]l.), a South
      American eel-like fresh-water fish of the genus Gymnotus
      (G. electricus), from two to five feet in length,
      capable of giving a violent electric shock. See
      Gymnotus.

   Electrical fish (Zo["o]l.), any fish which has an
      electrical organ by means of which it can give an
      electrical shock. The best known kinds are the torpedo,
      the gymnotus, or electrical eel, and the {electric
      cat}. See Torpedo, and Gymnotus.

   Electric fluid, the supposed matter of electricity;
      lightning. [archaic]

   Electrical image (Elec.), a collection of electrical points
      regarded as forming, by an analogy with optical phenomena,
      an image of certain other electrical points, and used in
      the solution of electrical problems. --Sir W. Thomson.

   Electric machine, or Electrical machine, an apparatus for
      generating, collecting, or exciting, electricity, as by
      friction.

   Electric motor. See Electro-motor, 2.

   Electric osmose. (Physics) See under Osmose.

   Electric pen, a hand pen for making perforated stencils for
      multiplying writings. It has a puncturing needle driven at
      great speed by a very small magneto-electric engine on the
      penhandle.

   Electric railway, a railway in which the machinery for
      moving the cars is driven by an electric current.

   Electric ray (Zo["o]l.), the torpedo.

   Electric telegraph. See Telegraph.
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