lamprey

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noun lam·prey \ˈlam-prē, -ˌprā\

Definition of lamprey

plural

lampreys

  1. :  any of a family (Petromyzontidae) of eel-shaped freshwater or anadromous jawless fishes that include those cyclostomes having well-developed eyes and a large disk-shaped suctorial mouth armed with horny teeth —called also lamprey eel

Origin and Etymology of lamprey

Middle English, from Anglo-French lampreie, from Medieval Latin lampreda


First Known Use: 14th century


LAMPREY Defined for Kids

lamprey

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noun lam·prey \ˈlam-prē\

Definition of lamprey for Students

plural

lampreys

  1. :  a water animal that looks like an eel but has a sucking mouth with no jaws


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