• WordNet 3.6
    • n Echeneis type genus of the Echeneididae: typical remoras
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n echeneis The typical genus of the family Echeneididæ, having on the top of the head a large, flat, laminated disk or sucker, composed of numerous transverse plates set obliquely upward and backward, forming an adhesive surface by which the fish attahces itself to various objects, as a larger fish, a ship's bottom, etc. The type is the common remora or sucking-fish, E. naucrates. By some it is extended to include all the species of the family, and by others restricted to elongated slender species with numerous plates to the suckers, like E. naucrates.
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In literature:

Fish, abstention from eating; cunning of; kind of, called remora or echeneis; eating of, forbidden by Pythagoreans.
"Essays and Miscellanies" by Plutarch
Fishes, natural history of: the echeneis or sucking-fish, 18; i.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
The leech, hirudo, and the remora, echeneis, adhere strongly to objects probably by a similar method.
"The Temple of Nature; or, the Origin of Society" by Erasmus Darwin