wrasse
noun (plural wrasses; also wrasse) Etymology: Cornish gwragh, wragh hag, wrasse Date: circa 1672 any of a large family (Labridae) of elongate usually brilliantly colored marine bony fishes that usually bury themselves in sand at night and include important food fishes as well as a number of popular aquarium fishes

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  • Wrasse — Wrasse, n. [W. gwrachen.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous edible, marine, spiny finned fishes of the genus {Labrus}, of which several species are found in the Mediterranean and on the Atlantic coast of Europe. Many of the species are bright… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wrasse — [ras] n. pl. wrasses or wrasse [Corn wrach, gwrach] any of a family (Labridae) of percoid fishes having thick lips, spiny fins, strong teeth, and bright coloring, found esp. in tropical seas: some species are valued as food fishes, as the tautog …   English World dictionary

  • wrasse — (n.) 1670s, from Cornish wrach, related to Welsh gurach …   Etymology dictionary

  • wrasse — ► NOUN (pl. same or wrasses) ▪ a brightly coloured marine fish with thick lips and strong teeth. ORIGIN Cornish wrah; related to Welsh gwrach old woman …   English terms dictionary

  • Wrasse — For other uses, see Wrasse (disambiguation). Wrasses Moon wrasse, Thalassoma lunare, a typical wrasse Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • wrasse — /ras/, n. any of various marine fishes of the family Labridae, esp. of the genus Labrus, having thick, fleshy lips, powerful teeth, and usually a brilliant color, certain species being valued as food fishes. [1665 75; appar. orig. a pl. of dial.… …   Universalium

  • wrasse — /ræs / (say ras) noun (plural wrasse or wrasses) any of various marine fishes of the family Labridae, having thick, fleshy lips, powerful teeth, and usually a brilliant colour, certain species being valued as food fishes, as the hump headed… …   Australian English dictionary

  • wrasse — noun Any one of numerous edible, marine, spiny finned fishes of the genus Labrus, of which several species are found in the Mediterranean and on the Atlantic coast of Europe. Many of the species are bright colored …   Wiktionary

  • wrasse — n. type of fish …   English contemporary dictionary

  • wrasse — [ras] noun (plural same or wrasses) a marine fish with thick lips and strong teeth, typically brightly coloured. [Family Labridae: numerous species.] Origin C17: from Cornish wrah; related to Welsh gwrach, lit. old woman …   English new terms dictionary

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