Meaning of ramper eel in English:

ramper eel


dialect British
  • A lamprey (fish).

    ‘Any river which contained a ramper-eel was avoided by swimmers.’
    • ‘The ramper-eel is held in abhorrence.’
    • ‘The Ramper Eel comes up the rivers to spawn.’
    • ‘The ramper eel is a thread-like creature a few inches in length.’


Late 18th century alteration of lamper-eel ‘lamprey’.