Definition of ballan wrasse in English:

ballan wrasse

Line breaks: bal¦lan wrasse
Pronunciation: /ˈbalən
 
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noun

  • A large European wrasse (fish) of rocky shores and reefs, popular as an angling fish.
    • Labrus bergylta, family Labridae
    More 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.

Origin

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

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