[ hag-fish ]

noun,plural (especially collectively) hag·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) hag·fish·es.
  1. any eellike, marine cyclostome of the order Myxiniformes, having undeveloped eyes, a barbel-rimmed, circular mouth, and horny teeth for boring into the flesh of fishes to feed on their interior parts.

Origin of hagfish

First recorded in 1605–15; hag1 + fish

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/ (ˈhæɡˌfɪʃ) /

nounplural -fish or -fishes
  1. any eel-like marine cyclostome vertebrate of the family Myxinidae, having a round sucking mouth and feeding on the tissues of other animals and on dead organic material: Often shortened to: hag

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