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- n. One who takes part in lamping, or hunting with bright lights.
- n. A lamprey.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who goes from house to house every day cleaning and filling lamps for a small fee.
- n. A dialectal variation of lamprey.
Spiny, egg-like sea-urchins, green wrinkles, and an occasional flounder or lamper-eel gave variety to the catch.
Saw some Inds. that crossed the river in a canoe and came to me; I give them some beads, as presents; they made signs that they wanted to trade for knives, but I told them that I had none; they give me a lamper eel dryed, but I could not eat it.
Among the lowest vertebrate often found in numbers in early spring in these meadow rills and brooks is the lamprey, _Ammocœtes branchialis_ (L.), or "lamper eel," as it is sometimes called.
The lamper eels crawled up the stream and the men gathered them by the barrels full and made oil from them.
Talkin 'like the Franklins and all the big quality folks, you lamper-jawed, cat-hamed puke,' says I. 'You nuver hearn yer master call' um any thing but britches, nur you sha'n't, 'says I.' I'll larn you to puke up big quality words, you varmunt, 'says I; and I larruped him well, I tell you.
And, whether he meant me to do so or not, I like him when in "Un Dîner d'Athées" he makes one of them "swig off" (_lamper_) a bumper of Picardan, the one wine in all my experience which I should consider fit _only_ for an atheist. [
"May be I've lost the fish and he's hitched me into a 'cod-lamper' eel of some kind.
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