noun, plural lam·preys.
Origin of lamprey
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Historical Examples of lamprey
She is as transparent as a lamprey eel, then, or a youthful sardine?Quo Vadis
The lamprey was also with the Romans a pet fish: it is now rare.
The striking peculiarity of the lamprey is its life-history.
Compare the life-history of the lamprey and of the tunicate.
In the lamprey the brain is more like that of the ordinary fish.A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)
David Starr Jordan
Word Origin for lamprey
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.