Definition of pilotfish in English:



  • 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

    • ‘The script cheats somewhat, the pilotfish / shark subplot loses its bite and the writers' imagination suffers from rising damp.’
    • ‘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.’