- any of a family (Echeneidae) of small, marine percoid fishes with an oval sucking disc on top of the head, by which they cling to sharks and other larger fishes, turtles, passing ships, etc.
- anything that hinders or impedes
Origin of remoraL, literally , hindrance ; from re-, back + mora, a delay: for Indo-European base see mourn
Any of several marine fishes of the family Echeneidae, having on the head a sucking disk with which they attach themselves to sharks and other fishes, whales, sea turtles, or the hulls of ships. Also called shark sucker, suckerfish.
Origin of remoraLatin, delay (from the belief that they could slow ships down), from remorar&imacron;, to delay : re-, re- + morar&imacron;, to delay (from mora, delay).
(plural remora or remoras)
Latin remora (“delay"), believed to retard a ship to which attached.