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lam·prey

 (lăm′prē)
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.]

lamprey

(ˈlæmprɪ)
n
(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]

lam•prey

(ˈlæm pri)

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]

lam·prey

(lăm′prē)
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lamprey - primitive eellike freshwater or anadromous cyclostome having round sucking mouth with a rasping tonguelamprey - 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
Petromyzon marinus, sea lamprey - large anadromous lamprey sometimes used as food; destructive of native fish fauna in the Great Lakes
Translations
silmlane
nahkiainen
ヤツメウナギ
zmijuljica

lamprey

[ˈlæmprɪ] Nlamprea f

lamprey

nNeunauge nt, → Bricke f; (= sea lamprey)Lamprete f
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During their games, their bounds, while rivalling each other in beauty, brightness, and velocity, I distinguished the green labre; the banded mullet, marked by a double line of black; the round-tailed goby, of a white colour, with violet spots on the back; the Japanese scombrus, a beautiful mackerel of these seas, with a blue body and silvery head; the brilliant azurors, whose name alone defies description; some banded spares, with variegated fins of blue and yellow; the woodcocks of the seas, some specimens of which attain a yard in length; Japanese salamanders, spider lampreys, serpents six feet long, with eyes small and lively, and a huge mouth bristling with teeth; with many other species.
And," said Cavalcanti, "I know that Lake Fusaro alone supplies lampreys of that size.
Each fish was brought over in a cask -- one filled with river herbs and weeds, the other with rushes and lake plants; they were placed in a wagon built on purpose, and thus the sterlet lived twelve days, the lamprey eight, and both were alive when my cook seized them, killing one with milk and the other with wine.
Baptistin," said the count, "have the other fish brought in -- the sterlet and the lamprey which came in the other casks, and which are yet alive.
What palace in the broad world is as fair as this sweet woodland just now, and what king in all the world hath such appetite for plover's eggs and lampreys as I for juicy venison and sparkling ale?
They are similar to those found in rivers; but as there are no suckers nor lampreys here, I know not by what fish they could be made.
The house above was said to be on the identical site of a suburban retreat of the admirable Tiberius; there was the old sinner's private theatre with the tiers cut clean to this day, the well where he used to fatten his lampreys on his slaves, and a ruined temple of those ripping old Roman bricks, shallow as dominoes and ruddier than the cherry.
To address this deficiency, we provide the first analysis of anadromous western river (Lampetra ayresii) and Pacific (Entosphenus tridentatus) lampreys in the Columbia River estuary, using data from 2 fish assemblage studies that span 3 decades (1980-1981 and 2001-2012).
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Today, the Lampreys are devoid of income and struggling to muster the $850 a month rent for the three-bedroom apartment.
LA GRANDE - The Nez Perce Tribe is working to bring the lampreys back to their homeland.