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n. pl. hagfish or hag·fish·es
Any of various elongated slimy marine fishes of the class Myxini (family Myxinidae), lacking jaws and vertebrae and having a sucking mouth with toothlike rasps, used for feeding on invertebrates and for burrowing into or scavenging other fish.
n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) any eel-like marine cyclostome vertebrate of the family Myxinidae, having a round sucking mouth and feeding on the tissues of other animals and on dead organic material. Often shortened to: hag
n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
any eel-shaped jawless fish of the order Myxiniformes, having a round, sucking mouth and rasping tongue for boring into the flesh of other fishes.
Any of various jawless fish that resemble eels and may be related to the lampreys. Hagfish have several hearts, glands that produce slime, and tentacles around the mouth. They do not have eyes, a backbone, or a stomach. Hagfish often feed on dead or dying fish by boring into them and eating them from the inside.
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|Noun||1.||hagfish - eellike cyclostome having a tongue with horny teeth in a round mouth surrounded by eight tentacles; feeds on dead or trapped fishes by boring into their bodies|
agnathan, jawless fish, jawless vertebrate - eel-shaped vertebrate without jaws or paired appendages including the cyclostomes and some extinct forms
Myxine glutinosa - typical hagfish
eptatretus - a fossil hagfish of the genus Eptatretus
Myxinikela siroka - fossil hagfish of the Pennsylvanian period (c. 300 million years ago) that resembled modern hagfishes