lamper eel
Lamprey Lam"prey (l[a^]m"pr[y^]), n.; pl. {Lampreys} (l[a^]m"pr[i^]z). [OE. lampreie, F. lamproie, LL. lampreda, lampetra, from L. lambere to lick + petra rock, stone. The lampreys are so called because they attach themselves with their circular mouths to rocks and stones, whence they are also called {rocksuckers}. See {Lap} to drink, {Petrify}.] (Zo["o]l.) 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. [Written also {lamprel}, and {lampron}.] [1913 Webster]

Note: The common or sea lamprey of America and Europe ({Petromyzon marinus}), which in spring ascends rivers to spawn, is considered excellent food by many, and is sold as a market fish in some localities. The smaller river lampreys mostly belong to the genus {Ammoc[oe]les}, or {Lampetra}, as {Ammoc[oe]les fluviatilis}, of Europe, and {Ammoc[oe]les [ae]pypterus} of America. All lampreys attach themselves to other fishes, as parasites, by means of the suckerlike mouth. [1913 Webster]


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  • lamper eel — [lam′pər] n. [Eng dial. lamper, var. of LAMPREY] LAMPREY …   English World dictionary

  • Lamper eel — Lam per eel . (Zo[ o]l.) See {Lamprey}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lamper eel — Eelpout Eel pout , n. [AS. ?lepute.] (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A European fish ({Zoarces viviparus}), remarkable for producing living young; called also {greenbone}, {guffer}, {bard}, and {Maroona eel}. Also, an American species ({Z. anguillaris}), called… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lamper eel — noun primitive eellike freshwater or anadromous cyclostome having round sucking mouth with a rasping tongue • Syn: ↑lamprey, ↑lamprey eel • Hypernyms: ↑jawless vertebrate, ↑jawless fish, ↑agnathan • Hyponyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • lamper eel — /ˈlæmpər il/ (say lampuhr eel) noun → lamprey …   Australian English dictionary

  • lamper eel — /lam peuhr/ lamprey. [1700 10] * * * …   Universalium

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  • congo eel — Eelpout Eel pout , n. [AS. ?lepute.] (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A European fish ({Zoarces viviparus}), remarkable for producing living young; called also {greenbone}, {guffer}, {bard}, and {Maroona eel}. Also, an American species ({Z. anguillaris}), called… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Maroona eel — Eelpout Eel pout , n. [AS. ?lepute.] (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A European fish ({Zoarces viviparus}), remarkable for producing living young; called also {greenbone}, {guffer}, {bard}, and {Maroona eel}. Also, an American species ({Z. anguillaris}), called… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lamprey eel — Lamprey Lam prey (l[a^]m pr[y^]), n.; pl. {Lampreys} (l[a^]m pr[i^]z). [OE. lampreie, F. lamproie, LL. lampreda, lampetra, from L. lambere to lick + petra rock, stone. The lampreys are so called because they attach themselves with their circular… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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