or am·mo·coete



the larval stage of a lamprey.

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



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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