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 for remora
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Remora \Rem"o*ra\ (r?m"?*r?), n. [L.: cf. F. r['e]mora.]
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     1. Delay; obstacle; hindrance. [Obs.] --Milton.
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     2. (Zool.) Any one of several species of fishes belonging to
        Echeneis, Remora, and allied genera. Called also
        sucking fish.
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     Note: The anterior dorsal fin is converted into a large
           sucking disk, having two transverse rows of lamellae,
           situated on the top of the head. They adhere firmly to
           sharks and other large fishes and to vessels by this
           curious sucker, letting go at will. The pegador, or
           remora of sharks ({Echeneis naucrates), and the
           swordfish remora ({Remora brachyptera), are common
           American species.
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     3. (Surg.) An instrument formerly in use, intended to retain
        parts in their places. --Dunglison.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: marine fishes with a flattened elongated body and a sucking
           disk on the head for attaching to large fish or moving
           objects [syn: remora, suckerfish, sucking fish]

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