Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various primitive, eel-shaped marine fishes of the family Myxinidae, having a jawless sucking mouth equipped with rasping teeth with which they bore into and feed on other fishes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See hag, 4.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as hag, 3.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. eellike cyclostome having a tongue with horny teeth in a round mouth surrounded by eight tentacles; feeds on dead or trapped fishes by boring into their bodies

Etymologies

hag1 + fish.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Since the 1970s, many evolutionary biologists have considered an eel-like, deep-sea-dwelling creature called the hagfish to be the closest extant relative of a last common ancestor for all backboned creatures.

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  • Looking at further opportunities within the industry, the minister pointed to underutilized species such as hagfish, cucumber fish, and different varieties of crab.

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  • Game of Life says: repugs constituents as dumber than slime from a hagfish.

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  • Even sharks are closer cousins to humans than they are to lampreys and hagfish the only modern survivors of the once thriving and diverse group of jawless fishes but again, we call them all fish.

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  • Saul Alinsky learned from that, and strongly advocated giving up the bombs and rhetoric within their revolutionary dreams, instead entering the old form of society like the hagfish to devour it from the inside.

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  • Of course you'll also save money by collecting the hagfish yourself hence the flippers and by using low-wage Haitians to monitor mucous degradation.

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  • I love the smell of hagfish slime under a Haitian sun

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  • Every morning you get up, jump into the ocean, collect hagfish mucous, crawl back onto the beach, rub the slime all over your body, sunbathe for a few hours, and then let a couple of dozen Haitians sniff you before sitting back down to write all about it.

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  • I understand that hagfish mucous is very sensitive to temperature variations.

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  • Also known as slime eels, hagfish have glands on either side of their bodies that produce enormous quantities of mucoid material, probably as a defense mechanism.

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