One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A lamprey of rivers and coastal waters in NW Europe.
- ‘In November 1964 he found a lampern, a relative of the blood-sucking lamprey.’
- ‘The river lamprey or lampern, Lampetra fluviatilis, is a smaller fish, and so is the Arctic lamprey, L. japonica.’
Middle English: from Old French lampreion, diminutive of lampreie ‘lamprey’.
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