American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various primitive elongated freshwater or anadromous fishes of the family Petromyzontidae, characteristically having a jawless sucking mouth with rasping teeth. Also called lamper eel.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A marsipobranchiate fish, of an elongated or eel-like form when adult. All the lampreys have a subinferior circular suctorial mouth, single median nostril, well-developed lateral eyes, and 7 pairs of lateral branchial apertures. They remain for a long time in the larval or ammocætiform condition, having then a longitudinal slit-like mouth and no eyes. The adults, by means of the circular mouth, attach themselves to stones and other objects; they also attack and adhere to fishes, eating their way into the interior of the body. They make a nest of stones, which are collected by means of the suctorial mouth. The species, about 20 in number, are mostly inhabitants of the temperate regions of the northern and southern hemispheres, and constitute the order Hyperoartia and family Petromyzontidæ, divided into from 4 to 8 genera. The largest is the sea-lamprey, Petromyzon marinus., sometimes attaining a length of about 3 feet. The best-known species of the northern hemisphere belong to the genera Petromyzon and Lampetra or Ammocætes, as the river-lamprey, or lampern, and the pride. See also cut under
- n. Any long slender primitive eel-like freshwater and saltwater fish of the Petromyzontidae family, having a sucking mouth with rasping teeth but no jaw.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) An eel-like marsipobranch of the genus Petromyzon, and allied genera; called also
lamprey eeland lamper eel. The lampreys have a round, sucking mouth, without jaws, but set with numerous minute teeth, and one to three larger teeth on the palate (see Illust.of cyclostomi). There are seven small branchial openings on each side.
- n. primitive eellike freshwater or anadromous cyclostome having round sucking mouth with a rasping tongue
- From Middle English laumprei, adopted from Old French lampreie (Modern lamproie), from Medieval Latin lampreda, possibly from Late Latin lampetra, from a combination of lambere ("lick") + petra ("stone"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English lamprei, from Old French lampreie, from Medieval Latin lamprēda. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“His death was caused, in the year 1135, by eating too much of the fish called lamprey, and he was buried in”
“Currently, the lamprey is a species of concern, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife”
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“Lake Ontario is also plagued with invasive species, such as lamprey and zebra mussels.”
“One of the groups that really gets hit is the other kind of lamprey," Andrews said, adding that the northern brook, silver and American lamprey are three native species vulnerable to the effects of the chemical.”
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“Kem has risen through the Voidcorp ranks by latching on lamprey style to rising stars, then stepping aside when those careers faltered.”
“A worst-case scenario envisions [the monstrous fish] spreading "like a cancer cell," [said Cameron Davis, senior Great Lakes adviser to Lisa Jackson, head of the Environmental Protection Agency], eventually dominating a fishery already damaged by zebra mussels, sea lamprey and other exotic pests ....”
“Local favorites include salt cod with crumbled corn-bread, lamprey in red wine, or papas de sarrabulho—a steaming black mash that involves the heart, lungs, liver and throat lining of a pig stewed in the animal's blood.”
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