Ech·​e·​ne·​is | \ -ə̇s \

Definition of Echeneis

: a genus (the type of the family Echeneididae or Echeneidae) of marine fishes comprising the typical remoras

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History and Etymology for Echeneis

New Latin, from Latin, remora, from Greek echenēis, from echenēis that detains ships, from eche- (from echein to hold) + -nēis (from naus ship); from a supposed ability to slow down ships

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“Echeneis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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