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n. pl. lam·preys
Any of various elongated freshwater or anadromous fishes of the family Petromyzontidae, having a jawless sucking mouth with rasping teeth and often attaching to and parasitizing other fish.
[Middle English lamprei, from Old French lampreie, from Medieval Latin lamprēda, perhaps of Gaulish origin.]
(Animals) any eel-like cyclostome vertebrate of the family Petromyzonidae, having a round sucking mouth for clinging to and feeding on the blood of other animals. Also called: lamper eel See also sea lamprey
[C13: from Old French lamproie, from Late Latin lamprēda; origin obscure]
n., pl. -preys.
any parasitic eellike fish of the family Petromyzonidae, that attaches to other fishes with its round, sucking mouth lined with rasping teeth.
[1250–1300; Middle English lampreye < Anglo-French *lampreie (Old French lamproie); compare early Medieval Latin lamprēda]
Any of various fish having a body like an eel, a skeleton made of cartilage, and a jawless sucking mouth. Lampreys attach to other fish in order to feed on their blood.
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|Noun||1.||lamprey - primitive eellike freshwater or anadromous cyclostome having round sucking mouth with a rasping tongue|
agnathan, jawless fish, jawless vertebrate - eel-shaped vertebrate without jaws or paired appendages including the cyclostomes and some extinct forms