remora was our Word of the Day on 12/16/2008. Hear the podcast!
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Recent Examples of remora from the Web
This year, scientists tackled the sticky issue of creating strong underwater adhesives by mimicking the way remoras (also known as suckerfish) suction onto sharks.
When a bigger fish attacks and eats prey, the remora will detach itself and feast on the remains once its host is done.
For example, remoras (also called suckerfish) literally stick to the sharks’ skin; other fish school with the sharks, coasting on their swimming drafts; and parasitic creatures feed on the animals, Dove said.
Sounds like some folks will be glued to their screens like so many remoras.
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Did You Know?
Also known as shark suckers or suckerfish, remoras are long, thin, dark fishes that are distributed throughout the world in warm seas. Ancient sailors believed remoras had the power to slow or even stop a ship by attaching themselves to it; the name remora, which means "delay" in Latin, arose from this ancient superstition. The poor remora’s reputation isn’t much better today. Even though remoras don’t harm their hosts, they are popularly thought of as unwanted guests who get a free ride and a free meal by way of the efforts of others. It is therefore common to see remora used metaphorically in such contexts as "hungry paparazzi who attach themselves like remoras to celebrities."
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