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lamprey

[lam-pree] /ˈlæm pri/
noun, plural lampreys.
1.
any eellike marine or freshwater fish of the order Petromyzoniformes, having a circular, suctorial mouth with horny teeth for boring into the flesh of other fishes to feed on their blood.
Also called lamprey eel, lamper eel.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English lampreye < Anglo-French *lampreie (Old French lamproie) < Late Latin lamprēda; replacing Old English lamprede < Medieval Latin lampreda
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lamprey

/ˈlæmprɪ/
noun
1.
any eel-like cyclostome vertebrate of the family Petromyzonidae, having a round sucking mouth for clinging to and feeding on the blood of other animals Also called lamper eel See also sea lamprey
Word Origin
C13: from Old French lamproie, from Late Latin lamprēda; origin obscure
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Word Origin and History for lamprey-eel

lamprey

n.

c.1300 (c.1200 as a surname?), from Old French lamproie, from Medieval Latin lampreda, from Late Latin lampetra "lamprey," of uncertain origin, usually explained as literally "lick-rock," from Latin lambere "to lick" (see lap (v.1)) + petra "rock" (see petrous). The animals attach themselves to things with their sucker-like mouths.

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