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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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Scavengers such as sleeper sharks, eel-like hagfish, and other bony fish come to the scene--drawn by sensitive sensory organs, which detected the whale as it descended.
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To detect the presence of proteins antigenically similar to mammalian apical NHE isoforms in ancestral craniates, membrane proteins from Hagfish (Myxine glutinosa) and Skate (Raja erinacea) gills were immunoblotted with polyclonal antibodies made against NHE-2 (aa 260-280) and NHE-3 (aa 528-648).
Hagfish, Eptatretus spp., of the class Agnatha, family Myxinidae, are among the most primitive and unique of fishes.
DEPOE BAY - A truck carrying 7,500 pounds of hagfish overturned on Highway 101 near Depoe Bay on Thursday afternoon, spilling thousands of the slimy purple creatures onto at least two passenger vehicles and the roadway, which was partly closed by the multivehicle pileup.
The Oregon State Police responded to the incident after the truck - having 13 containers holding 7,500 pounds of hagfish, commonly known as slime eels - was unable to stop when approaching  a road construction site.
Aquaporins have been investigated in a wide variety of fish species, from the strictly marine osmoconforming hagfish to the highly euryhaline Mozambique tilapia Oreochromis mossambicus (Peters, 1852).
Synthetic fabrics such as nylon are derived from petroleum, notes Fudge, so studying hagfish threads may lead to renewable "green" materials for making all sorts of things.
A team from the University of Guelph has become the first to make polymer-like films and fibres from solubilised proteins extracted from hagfish slime.
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