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remora

[ rem-er-uh ]
/ ˈrɛm ər ə /
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noun
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.
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Origin of remora

1560–70; <Latin: literally, delay, hindrance, derivative of remorārī to linger, delay, equivalent to re-re- + morārī to delay
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British Dictionary definitions for remora

remora
/ (ˈrɛmərə) /

noun
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 for remora

C16: from Latin, from re- + mora delay; an allusion to its alleged habit of delaying ships
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