Lamprey meaning

lămprē
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Any of various elongated freshwater or anadromous fishes of the family Petromyzontidae, having a jawless sucking mouth with rasping teeth and often attaching to and parasitizing other fish.
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Any of an order (Petromyzoniformes) of jawless fishes with a funnel-shaped mouth surrounded by rasping teeth with which it bores into the flesh of other fishes to suck their blood.
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Any long slender primitive eel-like freshwater and saltwater fish of the Petromyzontidae family, having a sucking mouth with rasping teeth but no jaw.
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Origin of lamprey

  • Middle English lamprei from Old French lampreie from Medieval Latin lamprēda perhaps of Gaulish origin

    From 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”).

    From Wiktionary