from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the type genus of the Echeneididae; they are typical remoras.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
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- n. type genus of the Echeneididae: typical remoras
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According to The Beastmaster, The echeneis is a fish, half a foot in length, that clings to ships and delays their passage.
The curious little fish, called echeneis, or remora, has indeed the power to stay or not to stay a ship sailing on the high sea under full sail: but it has not the power to make it set sail, or proceed or arrive; it can hinder motion, but cannot give it.
"The echeneis is a small fish that is often found on rocks.
Chaeremonianus the Trallian, when we were at a very noble fish dinner, pointing to a little, long, sharp-headed fish, said the echeneis (ship-stopper) was like that, for he had often seen it as he sailed in the Sicilian sea, and wondered at its strange force; for it stopped the ship when under full sail, till one of the seamen perceived it sticking to the outside of the ship, and took it off.
Now it is likely that the echeneis in this case, sticking upon the clammy matter, is not thought an accidental consequent to this cause, but the very cause itself.
With a favourable wind and with bending oarsmen, are you perhaps delayed by the _echeneis_ (Remora, or sucking-fish)? or by the shell-fish of the Indian Ocean? or by the torpedo, whose touch paralyses the hand?
No; the echeneis in this case is entangling venality; the bites of the shell-fish, insatiable avarice; the torpedo, fraudulent pretence.
But I know that in their case the echeneis is corruption trading on delays; the bite of the Indian shell-fish is insatiable cupidity; the torpedo is fraudulent pretence.
Fishes, natural history of: the echeneis or sucking-fish, 18; i.
The leech, hirudo, and the remora, echeneis, adhere strongly to objects probably by a similar method.
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