A slender marine fish which attaches itself to large fish by means of a sucker on top of the head. It generally feeds on the host’s external parasites. Also called shark-sucker, suckerfish.
- Family Echeneidae: several genera and species, in particular the widespread Remora remora
More example sentences
- These creatures often swim in the company of other smaller fish, including remoras or shark-suckers, which seem to use the pressure-wave made by the forward progress of the larger animal, and hide in its shade.
- Large remoras may attach themselves to turtles and act as cleaners, removing various external parasites.
- Those days were great for snorkeling and we saw all sorts of sea life, including sharks and spotted eagle rays complete with remoras.
mid 16th century: from Latin, literally 'hindrance', from re- 'back' + mora 'delay' (because of the former belief that the fish slowed down ships).
Definition of remora in:
- The US English dictionary