a parasitic marine lamprey, Petromyzon marinus, that spawns in fresh water along both Atlantic coasts and in the Great Lakes, where it is responsible for losses of economically valuable fish.
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Origin of sea lamprey
First recorded in 1875–80
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British Dictionary definitions for sea lamprey
a common anadromous lamprey, Petromyzon marinus, a form of which occurs in the Great Lakes of N America and causes great losses of fish
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