Definition of wrasse in English:


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noun (plural same or wrasses)

A marine fish with thick lips and strong teeth, typically brightly coloured with marked differences between the male and female.
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  • The presence of the model predator at the mating site resulted in a strong initial reaction by both male and female bluehead wrasses.
  • Many male damselfish, wrasses, and angelfish, among others, maintain harems.
  • In marine areas, species concentrations are highest around coral reefs, where butterflyfishes and angelfishes, wrasses, parrotfishes and triggerfishes are common.


late 17th century: from Cornish wrah; related to Welsh gwrach, literally 'old woman'.

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