hagfish

Definitions of hagfish
  1. noun
    eellike cyclostome having a tongue with horny teeth in a round mouth surrounded by eight tentacles; feeds on dead or trapped fishes by boring into their bodies
    synonyms: hag, slime eels
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    types:
    Myxine glutinosa
    typical hagfish
    eptatretus
    a fossil hagfish of the genus Eptatretus
    Myxinikela siroka
    fossil hagfish of the Pennsylvanian period (c. 300 million years ago) that resembled modern hagfishes
    type of:
    agnathan, jawless fish, jawless vertebrate
    eel-shaped vertebrate without jaws or paired appendages including the cyclostomes and some extinct forms
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