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”).
lamprey (plural lampreys)
- Any long slender primitive eel-like freshwater and saltwater fish of the Petromyzontidae family, having a sucking mouth with rasping teeth but no jaw.
- lamprey in Oxford English Dictionary, volume VI, 1908
- lamprey in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913