[pahy-luh t-fish] /ˈpaɪ lətˌfɪʃ/

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

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


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