hag·​fish | \ˈhag-ˌfish \

Definition of hagfish 

: any of a family (Myxinidae) of marine cyclostomes that are related to the lampreys and in general resemble eels but have a round mouth surrounded by barbels and that feed upon other fishes and invertebrates by boring into their bodies

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Little is known about hagfish in Alaska, although they are commonly caught elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "Hagfish study looks at potential of ‘slime eels’ to become a new fishery for Alaska," 5 June 2018 The researchers obtained dead insects, hagfish, lampreys and other animals to watch them wither away. Kristin Hugo, Newsweek, "Scientists Are Studying Rotting Animal Carcasses to Understand Why Complete Dinosaur Fossils Are So Rare," 21 Mar. 2018 Publishing their findings in the Journal of The Royal Society Interface Wednesday, scientists found that hagfish don't have puncture-resistant skin. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Hagfish Survive Attacks With Loose Skin and Lots of Slime," 15 Dec. 2017 Technically, the fish were not eels, but hagfish, which have a skull but no jaw or spine. OregonLive.com, "15 most bizarre Portland-area crimes of 2017," 29 Dec. 2017 The jawless, eellike hagfish isn’t much to look at. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, "Our favorite science news stories of 2017," 21 Dec. 2017 The after-hours family-friendly event will feature a make-your-own-slime station, a whale boneyard and appearances by the aforementioned hagfish. Karla Peterson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Birch's Haunted Aquarium explores the deep "Boo" sea," 13 Oct. 2017 The after-hours, family-friendly event will feature a make-your-own-slime station, a whale boneyard, appearances by the aforementioned hagfish and more. Lisa Deaderick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Top weekend events: Las Migas, Haunted Aquarium, Coronado Art Walk," 20 Oct. 2017 Writhing, slimy hagfish hit the road -- literally -- on Thursday, when a truck carrying the sea creatures lost its load south of Depoe Bay. OregonLive.com, "Not just eels: 15 weirdest roadway spills in Oregon," 19 July 2017

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1611, in the meaning defined above

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