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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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n.

1630s, from pilot (n.) + fish (n.). So called because they were thought to lead sharks to prey.

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