lamprey

noun lam·prey \ ˈlam-prē , -ˌprā \
Updated on: 4 May 2018

Definition of lamprey

plural lampreys
: 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

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Origin and Etymology of lamprey

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


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lamprey

noun lam·prey \ ˈlam-prē \

Definition of lamprey for Students

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

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