noun, plural lam·preys.
Origin of lamprey
Examples from the Web for lamprey
The lamprey, petromyzon, is put by Linneus amongst the nantes, which are defined to possess both gills and lungs.The Temple of Nature; or, the Origin of Society|Erasmus Darwin.
Its vulgar name, lamprey, from lampetra, has a similar derivation.
Then, since they could not have the lamprey, the cur had the table laid, and they made as good cheer as they could.
The post office was the only public office in the town until the cotton mills were built on the Lamprey River in 1823.Early American Scientific Instruments and Their Makers|Silvio A. Bedini
Next morning, he had the satisfaction of hauling in the trap with the lamprey in a rampagious humour inside.
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.