remora


rem·o·ra

noun \ri-ˈmr-ə also ˈre-mə-rə\

Definition of REMORA

1
:  any of a family (Echeneidae) of marine bony fishes that have the anterior dorsal fin modified into a suctorial disk on the head by means of which they adhere especially to other fishes
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Origin of REMORA

Late Latin, from Latin, delay, from remorari to delay, from re- + morari to delay — more at moratorium
First Known Use: 1567

remora

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

A remora (Echeneis naucrates) and its host, a zebra shark (Stegostoma fasciatum).—Douglas Faulkner

Any of 8–10 species of marine fishes (family Echeneidae) noted for attaching themselves to, and riding about on, sharks, other marine animals, and oceangoing ships. Remoras adhere by means of a flat, oval sucking disk on top of the head. They are thin and dark, 1–3 ft (30–90 cm) long. They live in warm waters worldwide, feeding on the leavings or the external parasites of their hosts.

Variants of REMORA

remora or sharksucker or suckerfish

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