electric catfish


electric catfish
noun
freshwater catfish of the Nile and tropical central Africa having an electric organ
Hypernyms: ↑silurid, ↑silurid fish
Member Holonyms: ↑Malopterurus, ↑genus Malopterurus

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noun
: a catfish (Malapterurus electricus) of northern and tropical Africa attaining a length of about 30 inches and having an electric organ of epidermal origin capable of giving a strong shock — called also raad

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a freshwater fish, Malapterurus electricus, of the Nile and tropical central Africa, that discharges electric shocks to immobilize prey and defend itself.

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electric catfish,
a large African catfish that can give an electric shock.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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