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or am·mo·coete

[ am-uh-seet ]
/ ˈæm əˌsit /


the larval stage of a lamprey.

Nearby words

ammianus, ammine, ammino, ammishaddai, ammo, ammocete, ammocoete, ammon, ammon's horn, ammonal, ammonate

Origin of ammocete

1855–60; < New Latin ammocoetes literally, something bedded in sand < Greek ámmo(s) sand + koítē bed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ammocoete


/ (ˈæməˌsiːt) /


the larva of primitive jawless vertebrates, such as the lamprey, that lives buried in mud and feeds on microorganisms

Word Origin for ammocoete

C19: from New Latin ammocoeteēs, literally: that lie in sand, from Greek ammos sand + koitē bed, from keisthai to lie
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