Definition of lamprey
: 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
Recent Examples of lamprey from the Web
Sturgeon fishing is best in Suisun Bay between the two major bridges or the Big Cut with lamprey eel, salmon roe, or ghost shrimp.
First, came the vampire-like lamprey, which spread across the lakes with shocking speed in the 1940s, before scientists brought them under control with designer poison.
Peterson's lampreys possessed 41 miRNA types that his team subsequently found in mice.
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Origin and Etymology of lamprey
Middle English, from Anglo-French lampreie, from Medieval Latin lampreda
First Known Use: 14th century
LAMPREY Defined for Kids
Definition of lamprey for Students
: a water animal that looks like an eel but has a sucking mouth with no jaws
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