remora

Definitions

  • The remora
    The remora
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n remora marine fishes with a flattened elongated body and a sucking disk on the head for attaching to large fish or moving objects
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Remora (Surg) An instrument formerly in use, intended to retain parts in their places.
    • Remora (Zoöl) Any one of several species of fishes belonging to Echeneis Remora, and allied genera. Called also sucking fish.
    • Remora Delay; obstacle; hindrance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n remora Delay; obstacle; hindrance.
    • n remora The sucking-fish, Echeneis remora, or any fish of the family Echeneididæ, having on the top of the head a flattened oval adhesive surface by means of which it can attach itself firmly to various objects, as another fish, a ship's bottom, etc., but whether for protection or conveyance, or both, has not been satisfactorily ascertained. It was formerly believed to have the power of delaying or stopping ships. See cuts under Echeneis and Rhombochirus.
    • n remora A genus of such fishes, based on the species above-named.
    • n remora In medicine, a stoppage or stagnation, as of the blood.
    • n remora In surgery, an instrument to retain parts in place: not now in use.
    • n remora In heraldry, a serpent: rare, confined to certain modern blazons.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Remora rem′ō-ra the sucking-fish, a genus not far removed from mackerel: an obstacle: a stoppage:
    • n Remora rem′ō-ra (her.) a serpent.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L.: cf. F. rémora,

Usage

In literature:

The bold steersman clung like a remora to the wreck of his boat.
"Christ in Flanders" by Honore de Balzac
Fish, abstention from eating; cunning of; kind of, called remora or echeneis; eating of, forbidden by Pythagoreans.
"Essays and Miscellanies" by Plutarch
REMORA, species of fish.
"Volpone; Or, The Fox" by Ben Jonson
REMORA, species of fish.
"The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson
A species of sucking fish ('Remora') is used.
"The Overland Expedition of The Messrs. Jardine" by Frank Jardine and Alexander Jardine
REMORA, species of fish.
"The Poetaster" by Ben Jonson
REMORA, species of fish.
"Sejanus: His Fall" by Ben Jonson
REMORA, species of fish.
"Every Man In His Humor" by Ben Jonson
FIGURE 6: A REMORA TAKEN STICKING TO SHARKS BACKS.
"A Voyage to New Holland" by William Dampier
Yet he could nowhere see the Remora.
"Prince Prigio" by Andrew Lang
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In news:

Remora fish feed on shark parasites, and the sharks protect the remora.
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