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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lamprey, lamprey eel, lamper eel(noun)

    primitive eellike freshwater or anadromous cyclostome having round sucking mouth with a rasping tongue


  1. lamprey(Noun)

    Any long slender primitive eel-like freshwater and saltwater fish of the Petromyzontidae family, having a sucking mouth with rasping teeth but no jaw.

  2. Origin: From laumprei, adopted from lampreie (Modern lamproie), from lampreda, possibly from lampetra, from a combination of lambere ("lick") + petra ("stone").

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lamprey(noun)

    an eel-like marsipobranch of the genus Petromyzon, and allied genera. The lampreys have a round, sucking mouth, without jaws, but set with numerous minute teeth, and one to three larger teeth on the palate (see Illust. of Cyclostomi). There are seven small branchial openings on each side

  2. Origin: [OE. lampreie, F. lamproie, LL. lampreda, lampetra, from L. lambere to lick + petra rock, stone. The lampreys are so called because they attach themselves with their circular mouths to rocks and stones, whence they are also called rocksuckers. See Lap to drink, Petrify.]


  1. Lamprey

    Lampreys are an order of jawless fish, the adults of which are characterized by a toothed, funnel-like sucking mouth. The common name "lamprey" is derived from lampetra, which translated from Latin means "stone licker". While lampreys are well known for those species which bore into the flesh of other fish to suck their blood, most species of lamprey are not parasitic and never feed on other fish. The lampreys are a very ancient lineage of vertebrates, though their exact relationship to hagfishes and jawed vertebrates is still a matter of dispute.

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