Definition of Lamper eel

1. Noun. Primitive eellike freshwater or anadromous cyclostome having round sucking mouth with a rasping tongue.

Exact synonyms: Lamprey, Lamprey Eel
Generic synonyms: Agnathan, Jawless Fish, Jawless Vertebrate
Group relationships: Family Petromyzontidae, Petromyzontidae
Specialized synonyms: Petromyzon Marinus, Sea Lamprey

Definition of Lamper eel

1. Noun. lamprey ¹

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Medical Definition of Lamper eel

1. An eel-like marsipobranch of the genus Petromyzon, and allied genera. The lampreys have a round, sucking mouth, without jaws, but set with numerous minute teeth, and one to three larger teeth on the palate. There are seven small branchial openings on each side. The common or sea lamprey of America and Europe (Petromyzon marinus), which in spring ascends rivers to spawn, is considered excellent food by many, and is sold as a market fish in some localities. The smaller river lampreys mostly belong to the genus Ammocoeles, or Lampetra, as A. Fluviatilis, of Europe, and A. Aepypterus of America. All lampreys attach themselves to other fishes, as parasites, by means of the suckerlike mouth. Alternative forms: lamper eel, lamprel, and lampron. Origin: OE. Lampreie, F. Lamproie, LL. Lampreda, lampetra, from L. Lambere to lick + petra rock, stone. The lampreys are so called because they attach themselves with their circular mouths to rocks and stones, whence they are also called rocksuckers. See Lap to drink, Petrify. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lamper Eel

lampbrush chromosome
lamper eel (current term)
lampic acid

Literary usage of Lamper eel

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1. First- Second Annual Report Upon the Natural History and Geology of the by Ezekiel Holmes, Charles Henry Hitchcock (1862)
"... lamper eel. Familiar and Scientific Description of some of the Maine Fishes named in the foregoing Synopsis. SUB-CLASS TELEOSTEI. ..."

2. Americanisms: The English of the New World by Maximilian Schele De Vere (1872)
"L. Lamper-eel ^ seems -to be a favorite corruption of lamprey in America as well as at home. "Mr. Van Buren hung on like a lamper-eel to the tail of General ..."

3. Journal of Morphology by Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology (1892)
"The right internal ear of a lamper eel ( Petromyzon ... The canals in the Lamper Eel are well developed, but on account of their close viewed from its inner ..."

4. The Structure of Animal Life: Six Lectures Delivered at the Brooklyn Academy by Louis Agassiz (1866)
"If we acknowledge this position to be correct, then we must place the common fishes, and among them the Lamper-eel, which is very simple in its structure, ..."

5. Folk-etymology: A Dictionary of Verbal Corruptions Or Words Perverted in by Abram Smythe Palmer (1882)
"lamper eel, a Scotch corruption of lamprey (Jamieson), found also in provincial English (Wright). ..."

6. Final Report by New Jersey Geological Survey (1890)
"It is very similar in all its habits to the lamper eel. ... P. marinus, var. nigricans, Le S. lamper eel. Large Black Lamprey. Head one-third longer than ..."

7. History of Newfields, New Hampshire, 1638-1911 by James Hill Fitts (1912)
"Joshua Moody of Portsmouth; bought of the town of Dover, June 25, 1675, all its "Right in Lamper-Eel River Neck both Land and timber from the head of John ..."

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