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pilotfish

[pahy-luh t-fish] /ˈpaɪ lətˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) pilotfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) pilotfishes.
1.
a small, marine fish, Naucrates ductor, often swimming with sharks.
2.
any of various other fishes having similar habits.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; pilot + fish
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British Dictionary definitions for pilot fish

pilot fish

noun
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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