Definition of pilotfish in US English:


nounPlural pilotfishes

  • 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

    • ‘The script cheats somewhat, the pilotfish / shark subplot loses its bite and the writers' imagination suffers from rising damp.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2Someone who guides someone else.

    ‘pilotfish who counsel both predator and quarry in mergers’