Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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LAMPER EEL, n.comb. Also reduced form lamper. The lamprey, Petromyzon marinus (Dmb. 1795 Stat. Acc.1 XVII. 253; Lth. 1811 Wernerian Soc. Trans. I. 555; ne.Sc. 1903 G. Sim Fauna ofDee” 282; Uls. 1953 Traynor). Wgt. 1703  Session Bk. Wigtown (1934) 46:
John Gordon who had been troubled with a lamper eel.
Lth. 1813  Edinias John Jorum 16:
His een grew like lampers, an' oh as they water'd!

[O.Sc. lamper ele, id., 1505, E.Mid.Eng. lampre, a lamprey, + eel, from the similarity.]

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