a young eel, especially one that is migrating up a stream from the ocean.
Also called glass eel.

1630–40; variant of ellfare, literally, eel-journey. See eel, fare

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elver (ˈɛlvə)
See also leptocephalus a young eel, esp one migrating up a river from the sea
[C17: variant of eelfare migration of young eels, literally: eel-journey; see eel, fare]

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young eel, from eelfare (1533), lit. passage of young eels up a river; see eel + fare.
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