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remora Line breaks: re¦mora
Pronunciation: /ˈrɛmərə/

Definition of remora in English:


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.
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).

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