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n. pl. suckerfish or suck·er·fish·es
See remora.
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(ˈsʌkəˌfɪʃ) or


n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) other names for remora
[C18: so called because of the suction disc on its head]
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(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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.suckerfish - marine fishes with a flattened elongated body and a sucking disk on the head for attaching to large fish or moving objectssuckerfish - 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
Echeneis naucrates, sharksucker - remoras found attached to sharks
Remilegia australis, whale sucker, whalesucker - large blue Pacific remora that attaches to whales and dolphins
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