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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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Distribution, larval stage duration and growth of the sea lamprey ammocoetes, Petromyzon marinus L., in a highly modified river basin.
denticulata Nicolet, 1849 and Geotria australis ammocoetes larvae, in fluvial and lacustrine systems of Chile.
Morphological diagnosis of Entosphenus and Lampetra ammocoetes (Petromyzontidae) in Washington, Oregon, and California.
unicuspis), and 41 Ichthyomyzon ammocoetes. The brook lampreys are non-parasitic and do not feed as adults, so most if not all parasitism on fish in this system is due to chestnut lampreys.
No marked difference exists between the frequencies of right and left sides at the individual level (ammocoetes: 41 to 45 observations each for six specimens, with 134 total right-side down, 125 total left; lancelet adults: 18 to 31 observations each for four individuals, with 42 right and 59 left; Gislen, 1930).
Basin-scale patterns in the drift of embryonic and larval fishes and lamprey ammocoetes in two coastal rivers.
The adults die after having laid some 270 000 eggs, and the newly hatched lamprey, which are called ammocoetes, feed on detritus in a slow moving part of the river for several years before transforming into the adult lamprey.