pilot fish


noun, plural (especially collectively) pilotfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) pilotfishes.
a small, marine fish, Naucrates ductor, often swimming with sharks.
any of various other fishes having similar habits.

1625–35; pilot + fish

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pilot fish
1.  a small carangid fish, Naucrates ductor, of tropical and subtropical seas, marked with dark vertical bands: often accompanies sharks and other large fishes
2.  any of various similar or related fishes

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