hagfish definition

  • noun:
    • some of different primitive, eel-shaped marine fishes regarding the family members Myxinidae, having a jawless drawing mouth equipped with rasping teeth with that they bore into and prey on various other fishes.
    • any of several primitive eellike creatures, of household Myxinidae, having a sucking mouth with rasping teeth; considered delicious in Japan, their particular epidermis is used to produce a form of leather
    • See hag, 4.
    • Same as hag, 3.
    • eellike cyclostome having a tongue with horny teeth in a round mouth in the middle of eight tentacles; feeds on lifeless or caught fishes by boring within their systems

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