sea lamprey


Definition of sea lamprey

: a large anadromous lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) that has a mottled upper surface, is an ectoparasite of fish, and is sometimes used as food

Examples of sea lamprey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bryan, who was born in Chicago, was familiar with the invasive sea lamprey, an eel-like creature that latches onto fish and drains their blood. Morgan Greene,, 2 June 2021 Their numbers were decimated during the past century after the introduction of the non-native sea lamprey. Jason Treat, Magazine, 17 Nov. 2020 The Fishery Commission must decide each year where to devote its attention to sea lamprey, Gaden said. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, 25 Sep. 2020 Niagara Falls acted as a natural barrier preventing sea lamprey movement to Lakes Erie, Huron, Michigan,and Superior. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, 25 Sep. 2020 But the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says that sea lamprey are native to the state's freshwater ecosystem and keep the food chain in balance. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 27 June 2020 However, a non-native species of sea lamprey is considered an invasive species in Lake Champlain on the state's western border, the post said. Alec Snyder, CNN, 25 June 2020 In the 1960s, sea lamprey devastated the lake trout, lake whitefish and cisco fisheries in the Great Lakes, taking the yearly catch from 15 million pounds down to 300,000 pounds in about a 20-year span. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 27 May 2020 Today, because of ongoing control, sea lampreys kill less than 10 million pounds annually. John Myers, Twin Cities, 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of sea lamprey

1879, in the meaning defined above

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“Sea lamprey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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