Definition of ballan wrasse in English:

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ballan wrasse

Pronunciation: /ˈbalən/

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A large European wrasse (fish) of rocky shores and reefs, popular as an angling fish.
  • Labrus bergylta, family Labridae.
Example sentences
  • Some temperate wrasse species, such as the ballan wrasse and Anampses cuvieri, are demersal nest builders.
  • The North Sea is not the greatest place for fish but on any dive you are likely to see pollack, coalfish, ballan wrasse, anglerfish, topknots and ling.
  • Towards the centre of the pier pipefish, mussels galore, conger and common eels, ballan wrasse and cuttlefish lurked.


Mid 18th century: ballan from Irish ballán, from ball 'spot'.

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