noun Date: 1611 any of a family (Myxinidae) of marine cyclostomes that are related to the lampreys and in general resemble eels but have a round mouth surrounded by barbels and that feed upon other fishes and invertebrates by boring into their bodies

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  • hagfish — noun (plural same or hagfishes) a primitive jawless marine fish with a slimy eel like body, a slit like mouth, and a rasping tongue used for feeding on dead or dying fish. [Myxine and other genera, family Myxinidae.] …   English new terms dictionary

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