from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See glass eel.
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- n. a young eel
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A young eel; a young conger or sea eel; -- called also elvene.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A young eel; especially, a young conger- or sea-eel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. young eel; may be sauteed or batter-fried
- n. young eel
The elver is the baby freshwater eel that is born in the Sargasso Sea south of Bermuda and drifts over to Europe on the Gulf Stream in the spring.
Shortz, whose undemanding intellectual rigor -- An adult elver?
Thanks to everyone who pointed out that an elver is a kind of eel.
The change of V F strongly suggests a South Western origin of the word elver.
The young elver, at least a year old, which makes its way from the open sea to the estuaries and rivers.
By the time they have reached the elver stage, they have made their way, guided only by instinct, from the deep sea to the surface, and thence to the mouths of rivers; these they ascend in millions, and in their endeavour to get into fresh water, they have to overcome obstacles such as would deter most boys and girls.
And it is true that the "Whitebait of the West", as the elver is known locally, currently sells for £250 a kilogram.
The elver may be fishy lucre to the hardy but for the rest of us it is easier to keep the day job.
The elver has fed and financed generations of the city, providing protein for the poor and pin money for the penniless.
Today the elver is sold to the eel-eating Germans, Poles and Dutch, who all use it to restock their depleted rivers.