Stayship Stay"ship` (-sh[i^]p`), n. (Zo["o]l.) A remora, -- fabled to stop ships by attaching itself to them. [1913 Webster]

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  • remora — sucking fish, 1560s, from L. remora, lit. delay, hindrance, from re back + mora delay; so called because the fish were believed by the ancients to retard a vessel to which they attached themselves. Pliny writes that Antony s galley was delayed by …   Etymology dictionary

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