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What were electric eels called before electricity was discovered ?
Jun 13 2018 04:48 PM
  • Christopher's Photo
    Here's a good answer from Quora:


    In short, electricity has been known since antiquity, and the electric eel wasn't named by Europeans until the 1760s, around the time Ben Franklin was experimenting with electricity.
    Jun 25 2018 07:17 AM
  • G-man's Photo
    I believe they were referred to as torpedoes. Albeit, nowadays that term seems reserved for electric rays.
    Jun 26 2018 09:55 AM
  • G-man's Photo
    Then again, further reading shows that the electric eel was limited to South America, then any mention pre-1760s of torpedoes would have been referencing electric rays.
    Jun 26 2018 10:00 AM