Hagfish meaning

hăgfĭsh
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Any of various elongated slimy marine fishes of the class Myxini (family Myxinidae), lacking jaws and vertebrae and having a sucking mouth with toothlike rasps, used for feeding on invertebrates and for burrowing into or scavenging other fish.
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Any of an order (Myxiniformes) of small, marine, eel-like jawless fishes, with a round, sucking mouth and horny teeth.
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Any of several primitive eellike creatures, of the family Myxinidae, having a sucking mouth with rasping teeth; considered edible in Japan, their skin is used to make a form of leather.
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Origin of hagfish

  • hag fish

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition