- any of several fishes of the family Echeneididae, having on the top of the head a sucking disk by which they can attach themselves to sharks, turtles, ships, and other moving objects.
- Archaic. an obstacle, hindrance, or obstruction.
Origin of remora
Examples from the Web for remora
The recovery of debris and bodies was made by a UAV called the Remora III, operated by a company called Phoenix International.Awful but True: Pings Were Not From Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
May 29, 2014
The recovery of the debris and bodies was made by another vehicle, the Remora III, operated by Phoenix International.Why Is Malaysia Hiding Its Report on MH370?
April 28, 2014
Then he seized the ivory glass, clapped it to his eye, and looked for the Remora.Prince Prigio
A species of Remora, said to be trained by the Chinese to catch turtle.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
The remora is one of the most interesting fishes known to science.Favorite Fish and Fishing
James Alexander Henshall
The story of halcyon, cramp-fish, and remora are all in Book ii.The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 2 (of 10)
The bold steersman clung like a remora to the wreck of his boat.Christ in Flanders
Honore de Balzac
- 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
Word Origin and History for remora
1560s, from Latin remora "sucking fish," literally "delay, hindrance," from re- "back" (see re-) + mora "delay" (see moratorium); so called because the fish were believed by the ancients to retard a vessel to which they attached themselves. Hence, in 17c.-18c., "an obstacle, an impediment" (the first sense of the word in Johnson's dictionary). In Greek, ekheneis, from ekhein "to hold" + naus (dative nei) "ship." Pliny writes that Antony's galley was delayed by one at Actium. Sometimes called in English stayship or stopship.