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Any of several marine fishes of the family Echeneidae, having on the head a sucking disk with which they attach themselves to sharks and other fishes, whales, sea turtles, or the hulls of ships. Also called shark sucker, suckerfish.
[Latin, delay (from the belief that they could slow ships down), from remorārī, to delay : re-, re- + morārī, to delay (from mora, delay).]
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(Animals) any of the marine spiny-finned fishes constituting the family Echeneidae. They have a flattened elongated body and attach themselves to larger fish, rocks, etc, by a sucking disc on the top of the head
[C16: from Latin, from re- + mora delay; an allusion to its alleged habit of delaying ships]
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rem•o•ra(ˈrɛm ər ə)
n., pl. -ras.
1. any of several fishes of the family Echeneidae, having on the top of the head a large sucking disk by which they attach themselves to moving objects above.
2. Archaic. an obstacle or hindrance.
[1560–70; < Late Latin; Latin: delay, hindrance, derivative of remorārī to linger, delay =re- re- + morārī to delay]
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Any of several fish having a sucking disk on their head with which they attach themselves to sharks and other larger fish. They feed mainly on scraps of food left over from the sharks' meals.
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|Noun||1.||remora - marine fishes with a flattened elongated body and a sucking disk on the head for attaching to large fish or moving objects|
acanthopterygian, spiny-finned fish - a teleost fish with fins that are supported by sharp inflexible rays
Echeneididae, family Echeneidae, family Echeneididae - fishes having a sucking disk on the head for clinging to other fishes and to ships
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