sand eel

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From Middle English sandeel, sandell, sandel, equivalent to sand +‎ eel. Cognate with German Sandaal (sand eel), Danish sandål (sand eel).

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sand eel (plural sand eels)

  1. Any of various species of slim fish, resembling eels, especially of the family Ammodytidae.
    • 2018, Louise Tickle, The Guardian, 20 June:
      In short, this means sandeels, the small, oily fish that are a staple diet for many seabirds, need to be in the right place at the right time for puffins to be able to feed their chicks.

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