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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various fishes lacking jaws, including the hagfishes and the lampreys and many extinct groups, such as the ostracoderms.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun an eel-shaped vertebrate without jaws or paired appendages; a member of the Agnatha. The group includes the cyclostomes and some extinct forms.

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  • adjective zoology Belonging or pertaining to the superclass Agnatha, the jawless vertebrates.
  • noun zoology A member of the superclass Agnatha of jawless vertebrates.

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

  • noun eel-shaped vertebrate without jaws or paired appendages including the cyclostomes and some extinct forms

Etymologies

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

[a– + Greek gnathos, jaw; see genu- in Indo-European roots + –an.]

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From Agnatha, from Ancient Greek ἀ- (a-, "without") + γνάθος (gnathos, "jaw")

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