from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun 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.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A marsipobranchiate fish, of an elongated or eel-like form when adult.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun Any long slender
primitiveeel-like freshwaterand saltwater fishof the Petromyzontidae family, having a sucking mouthwith rasping teethbut no jaw.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun primitive eellike freshwater or anadromous cyclostome having round sucking mouth with a rasping tongue
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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The lamprey is the octopus, the devil-fish, of these waters, and there is, perhaps, no tragedy enacted here that equals that of one of these vampires slowly sucking the life out of a bass or a trout.
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
Your 'lamprey' was right on the money, and I agree with Donna as well - I feel the same way about that certain personage.
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.
[Footnote 809: 'Perhaps a kind of lamprey' (White and Riddle's
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.