sea lamprey

noun
large anadromous lamprey sometimes used as food; destructive of native fish fauna in the Great Lakes
Syn: ↑Petromyzon marinus
Hypernyms: ↑lamprey, ↑lamprey eel, ↑lamper eel
Member Holonyms: ↑Petromyzon, ↑genus Petromyzon

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noun
: an anadromous lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) of the Atlantic coasts of No. America and Europe that attains a length of about three feet, is sometimes used as food, at maturity ascends streams to breed and then dies, and has recently become a serious pest destructive of native fish fauna in the Great Lakes

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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.
[1875-80]

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sea lamprey,
a marine lamprey of the Atlantic coasts of Europe and North America which spawns in fresh water. It has become landlocked in the Great Lakes and certain other waters, where it is highly destructive of lake trout and other fish.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Sea lamprey — Sea lam prey (Zo[ o]l.) The common lamprey. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sea lamprey — n. a parasitic lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) of the N Atlantic that ascends streams to spawn: now landlocked in the Great Lakes, where it is highly destructive to lake trout …   English World dictionary

  • Sea lamprey — Taxobox name = Petromyzon marinus status = LR/lc | status system = IUCN2.3 image caption = Sea lampreys on a lake trout regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Cephalaspidomorphi ordo = Petromyzontiformes familia = Petromyzontidae genus =… …   Wikipedia

  • sea lamprey — jūrinė nėgė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Petromyzon marinus angl. sea lamprey rus. морская минога ryšiai: platesnis terminas – jūrinės nėgės …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • sea lamprey — sea′ lam prey n. ich a parasitic marine lamprey Petromyzon marinus[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • sea lamprey — noun Date: 1879 a large anadromous lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) that has a mottled upper surface, is an ectoparasite of fish, and is sometimes used as food …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sea lamprey — 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. [1875 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • sea lamprey — noun A parasitic lamprey found in Europe and North America, Petromyzon marinus …   Wiktionary

  • Lamprey — Lam prey (l[a^]m pr[y^]), n.; pl. {Lampreys} (l[a^]m pr[i^]z). [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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lamprey eel — Lamprey Lam prey (l[a^]m pr[y^]), n.; pl. {Lampreys} (l[a^]m pr[i^]z). [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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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