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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An eel-like marsipobranch of the genus Petromyzon, and allied genera; called also lamprey eel and 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A marsipobranchiate fish, of an elongated or eel-like form when adult.

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

  • n. primitive eellike freshwater or anadromous cyclostome having round sucking mouth with a rasping tongue


Middle English lamprei, from Old French lampreie, from Medieval Latin lamprēda.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)



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  • argoseen

    May 26, 2011

  • Silly hobbitses, "lamprey" is just another name for grass.

    March 25, 2009

  • Argh! So ugly it defies contemplation except in the abstract.

    February 19, 2008

  • yarb, read up on the hagfish, its cousin...nightmarish

    February 19, 2008

  • A nightmarish creature.

    February 19, 2008