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

    https://www.quora.com/What-did-they-call-the-electric-eel-before-electricity-was-invented

    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
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    G-man
    I believe they were referred to as torpedoes. Albeit, nowadays that term seems reserved for electric rays.
    Jun 26 2018 09:55 AM
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    G-man
    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