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wrasse

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n.
Any of numerous often brightly colored marine fishes of the family Labridae, having spiny fins and thick lips and valued for food and for home aquariums.

[Cornish gwragh and Welsh gwrach, old woman.]

wrasse

(ræs)
n
(Animals) any marine percoid fish of the family Labridae, of tropical and temperate seas, having thick lips, strong teeth, and usually a bright coloration: many are used as food fishes
[C17: from Cornish wrach; related to Welsh gwrach old woman]

wrasse

(ræs)

n.
any tropical marine fish of the family Labridae, esp. of the genus Labrus, having thick, fleshy lips and powerful teeth.
[1665–75; appar. orig. a pl. of dial. (Cornwall) wrah, wrath < Cornish wragh, variant of gwragh literally, old woman, hag; compare Welsh gwrach(en), Breton gwrac'h]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wrasse - chiefly tropical marine fishes with fleshy lips and powerful teeth; usually brightly colored
percoid, percoid fish, percoidean - any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes
Achoerodus gouldii, giant pigfish, pigfish - found around the Great Barrier Reef
hog snapper, hogfish, Lachnolaimus maximus - large wrasse of western Atlantic; head of male resembles a pig's snout
Halicoeres bivittatus, slippery dick - small wrasse of tropical Atlantic
Halicoeres radiatus, puddingwife, pudding-wife - bluish and bronze wrasse; found from Florida keys to Brazil
bluehead, Thalassoma bifasciatum - small Atlantic wrasse the male of which has a brilliant blue head
razor fish, razor-fish - any of several small wrasses with compressed sharp-edged heads of the West Indies and Mediterranean
blackfish, tautog, Tautoga onitis - large dark-colored food fish of the Atlantic coast of North America
bergall, cunner, Tautogolabrus adspersus - common in north Atlantic coastal waters of the United States
Translations
Lippfisch
Tordo di mare, labride
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