Definition of old wife in English:

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Any of a number of deep-bodied edible marine fishes, in particular:
  • A brightly patterned tropical Atlantic triggerfish (Balistes vetula, family Balistidae).A small brightly patterned Australian fish (Enoplosus armatus, the only member of the family Enoplosidae).The black sea bream of European Atlantic waters (Spondyliosoma cantharus, family Sparidae).
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  • Porcupine fish and old wives hover near encrusted piles, while talma poke among the soft corals.
  • Large schools of old wives, bullseyes and big trevally, too wily for the fishermen, took refuge here.
  • Heading up the boulder slope towards Slot Cave to look for a resident school of old wives, we came across a couple of Port Jackson shark egg cases, which reminded me of WWI hand grenades.

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