from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of nematognathous catfishes, representing the family Malapteruridæ, with an adipose fin over the caudal region and no true dorsal fin; the electric fishes. M. eleclricus inhabits the Nile and other African rivers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • proper noun (Zoöl.) A genus of African siluroid fishes, including the electric catfishes. See Electric cat, under electric.


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  • The first electric catfish was described in 1784 under the ominous name "le trembleur," and for a long time it was thought that Africa was home to only a single species, subsequently given the apt scientific name of Malapterurus electricus.

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