Middle English lampreifrom Old French lampreiefrom Medieval Latin lamprēdaperhaps of Gaulish origin
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Middle English laumprei, adopted from Old French lampreie (Modern lamproie), from Medieval Latin lampreda, possibly from Late Latin lampetra, from a combination of lambō (“lick”) + petra (“stone”).
Lamprey Sentence Examples
The Piscataqua is a tidal estuary fed chiefly by the Salmon Falls, Lamprey and Exeter rivers.
Mackerel, cod, pollack and flat-fishes are the kinds most frequently attacked by them in the sea; of river-fish the migratory Salmonidae and the shad are sometimes found with the marks of the teeth of the lamprey, or with the fish actually attached to them.
In North America about ten species of lamprey occur, while in South America and Australasia still others are found.
Woollen cloth, machinery and spirits are manufactured; there is an extensive salt-mine in the neighbouring Zillenberg; the salmon and lamprey fisheries are important; and a fair amount of commercial activity is maintained.