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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Gym·no·tus n.  Zool. 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 that from the electric blow of the gymnotus.   --De Quincey.