from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various bottom-dwelling marine fishes of the family Zoarcidae, having a large head and an elongated body with dorsal and anal fins that are continuous with the caudal fin.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The conger-eel or lamper-eel, Zoarces anguillaris, of North America. See lamper-eel.
  • noun A local English name of the eel-mother or viviparous blenny, Zoarces viviparus.
  • noun A local English name of the burbot, Lota vulgaris.

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

  • noun A European fish (Zoarces viviparus), remarkable for producing living young; -- called also greenbone, guffer, bard, and Maroona eel. Also, an American species (Z. anguillaris), -- called also mutton fish, and, erroneously, congo eel, ling, and lamper eel. Both are edible, but of little value.
  • noun A fresh-water fish, the burbot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any fish of the family Zoarcidae.
  • noun obsolete A yellow flower of uncertain type, possibly the eel-ware.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun elongate freshwater cod of northern Europe and Asia and North America having barbels around its mouth
  • noun marine eellike mostly bottom-dwelling fishes of northern seas


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Old English ǣlepūte (eel + pout).


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  • There's some hardwater folks that swear eelpout taste like lobster.

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  • There's some hardwater folks that swear eelpout taste like lobster.

    Ever Eat A Snakehead?

  • Rough Fish burbot eel eelpout festival lake lawyer leech ling minnesota

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  • Skarlis, for example, colors his jig purple where the forage is sheepshead or bluegill, green for sunfish, orange and yellow for perch, and black or brown for bullhead or eelpout.

    A Walleye Pro's Tricks for Customizing Soft-Plastic Grubs

  • This month entering its 25th year, the festival celebrates a fish of many names -- burbot, eelpout, pout, ling -- a freshwater cod that breeds beneath the ice and feeds most willingly after dark.

    The Craziest Ice Fishing Tournament in the United States

  • We show in the eelpout, Zoarces viviparus, a bioindicator fish species for environmental monitoring from North and Baltic Seas Helcom, that thermally limited oxygen delivery closely matches environmental temperatures beyond which growth performance and abundance decrease.

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  • The dogfish can be either and eelpout/burbot a freshwater cod or a bowfin. HACKMATACK.

  • At seventy feet, an eelpout swam through the light, winding its body in the direction of the Apostles.


  • So as the sun dropped and the temperature plummeted and the sensible people among us huddled around the fire eating frozen balls of butter and sugar (the musher's answer to energy bars), Wade trudged onto the ice with eelpout on his mind.

    Mushing, Eelpout, and Butterballs

  • The eelpout-burbot, lawyer, ling, or freshwater cod-is a voracious, deep-dwelling fish that looks like an eel on a serious course of steroids.

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  • Wow! I thought she just made that up!

    July 11, 2008

  • Also the perfect word for making something like this face.

    edit: bilby! Funny meeting youuu here.

    July 11, 2008

  • You sure that fish speaks Dutch?

    July 11, 2008

  • Love this!

    July 11, 2008

  • She, are you my sister in disguise? She uses "eelpout" the same way you did on pretty dots all in a row.

    July 12, 2008

  • different from trout pout

    July 15, 2008

  • Not an eel?

    October 20, 2011