lamprey

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A lamprey

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English laumprei, adopted from Old French lampreie (Modern lamproie), from Medieval Latin lampreda, possibly from Late Latin lampetra, from a combination of lambō (lick) + petra (stone).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈlæm.pɹi/, /ˈlæm.pɹeɪ/
  • Hyphenation: lam‧prey
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Noun[edit]

lamprey (plural lampreys)

  1. Any long slender primitive eel-like freshwater and saltwater fish of the Petromyzontidae family, having a sucking mouth with rasping teeth but no jaw.

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