One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fish of warm seas that is often seen swimming close to large fish such as sharks and sometimes turtles and boats.
Naucrates ductor, family Carangidae
- ‘With hordes of yellow pilotfish bouncing off its nose, and longer than I am tall, it could have sucked me into its maw in one watery gasp.’
- ‘A solitary pilotfish raced to keep station at its nose.’
- ‘The script cheats somewhat, the pilotfish / shark subplot loses its bite and the writers' imagination suffers from rising damp.’
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