One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A hagfish; specifically the Atlantic hagfish, Myxine glutinosa (family Myxinidae); (in form Myxine) the genus which includes this species.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. From scientific Latin Myxine, apparently alteration of Hellenistic Greek μυξῖνος slime-fish from ancient Greek μύξα mucus + -ῖνος, suffix forming nouns.
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