Definition of Echeneis
: a genus (the type of the family Echeneididae or Echeneidae) of marine fishes comprising the typical remoras
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Origin and Etymology of 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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