- 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
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- the larva of primitive jawless vertebrates, such as the lamprey, that lives buried in mud and feeds on microorganisms
C19: from New Latin ammocoeteēs, literally: that lie in sand, from Greek ammos sand + koitē bed, from keisthai to lie
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