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hag·fish

 (hăg′fĭsh′)
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.

[hag + fish.]

hagfish

(ˈhæɡˌfɪʃ)
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

hag•fish

(ˈhægˌfɪʃ)

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.
[1605–15]

hag·fish

(hăg′fĭsh′)
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hagfish - eellike cyclostome having a tongue with horny teeth in a round mouth surrounded by eight tentacleshagfish - 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
family Myxinidae, Myxinidae - slime-producing marine animals: hagfishes
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
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Unlike the body core musculature of other basal chordates and fishes, the body core musculature of myxinid fishes is comprised of three groups (Fig.
During the Easter Microplate expedition, 12 March-6 April 2005, with R/V Atlantis and DSV Alvin, a single myxinid specimen was caught by the Alvin slurp gun at the East Pacific Rise vent site known as 38[degrees]S (a video clip of the capture is available upon request from the authors).
Myxinids and exclusively deepwater species such as the Macrourids and Argentinids are omitted.