One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A fish of warm seas that is often seen swimming close to large fish such as sharks and sometimes turtles and boats, said to lead sharks to prey.
Naucrates ductor, family Carangidae
- ‘A solitary pilotfish raced to keep station at its nose.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The script cheats somewhat, the pilotfish / shark subplot loses its bite and the writers' imagination suffers from rising damp.’
2Someone who guides someone else.‘pilotfish who counsel both predator and quarry in mergers’
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