Definitions for lampreyˈlæm pri
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
any parasitic eellike fish of the family Petromyzonidae, that attaches to other fishes with its round, sucking mouth lined with rasping teeth.
Origin of lamprey:
1250–1300; ME lampreye < AF *lampreie (OF lamproie); cf. early ML lamprēda
lamprey, lamprey eel, lamper eel(noun)
primitive eellike freshwater or anadromous cyclostome having round sucking mouth with a rasping tongue
Any long slender primitive eel-like freshwater and saltwater fish of the Petromyzontidae family, having a sucking mouth with rasping teeth but no jaw.
Origin: From laumprei, adopted from lampreie (Modern lamproie), from lampreda, possibly from lampetra, from a combination of lambere ("lick") + petra ("stone").
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