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gymnotus


gymnotus


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gymnotus  \Gym*no"tus\,  n.  [NL.,  fr  Gr  gymno`s  naked  +  ?  the 
  back:  cf  F.  gymnote.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  genus  of  South  American  fresh-water  fishes,  including  the 
  {Gymnotus  electricus},  or  electric  eel.  It  has  a  greenish, 
  eel-like  body,  and  is  possessed  of  electric  power. 
 
  One  fearful  shock,  fearful  but  momentary,  like  from  the 
  electric  blow  of  the  gymnotus.  --De  Quincey.