Anything that hinders or impedes.
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.
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.
Origin of remora
- Latin delay (from the belief that they could slow ships down) from remorārī to delay re- re- morārī to delay (from mora delay)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Latin remora (“delay"), believed to retard a ship to which attached.