wrasse


wrasse
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.

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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 — 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 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 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 — 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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