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Meaning of REMORA

Pronunciation:  'remuru

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  marine fishes with a flattened elongated body and a sucking disk on the head for attaching to large fish or moving objects

REMORA is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: suckerfish, sucking fish
 See Also: acanthopterygian, Echeneididae, Echeneis naucrates, family Echeneidae, family Echeneididae, Remilegia australis, sharksucker, spiny-finned fish, whalesucker



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Rem"o*ra\ (r?m"?*r?), n. [L.: cf. F. r['e]mora.]
1. Delay; obstacle; hindrance. [Obs.] --Milton.

2. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of fishes belonging
   to {Echeneis}, {Remora}, and allied genera. Called also
   {sucking fish}.

Note: The anterior dorsal fin is converted into a large
      sucking disk, having two transverse rows of lamell[ae],
      situated on the top of the head. They adhere firmly to
      sharks and other large fishes and to vessels by this
      curious sucker, letting go at will. The pegador, or
      remora of sharks ({Echeneis naucrates}), and the
      swordfish remora ({Remora brachyptera}), are common
      American species.

3. (Surg.) An instrument formerly in use, intended to retain
   parts in their places. --Dunglison.