wrasse [ras] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. any of various marine fishes of the family Labridae, especially of the genus Labrus, having thick, fleshy lips, powerful teeth, and usually a brilliant color, certain species being valued as food fishes.

Origin of wrasse 1665–75; apparently originally a plural of dial. (Cornwall) wrah, wraugh, wrath Cornish wragh, lenited form of gwragh literally, old woman, hag; compare Welsh gwrach(en), Breton gwrac’h, also with both senses Examples from the Web for wrasse Historical Examples of wrasse

  • Wrasse From Sicily brought to their table, alive in his own Sea water.

    The Satyricon, Complete

    Petronius Arbiter

  • The Wrasse has been retaken after a considerable period; therefore it is not dead.

    Quarterly Journal of Science, Literature and the Arts, July-December, 1827


  • The wrasse brought from dangerous Syrtis is much more esteemed When fishing-boats founder!

    The Satyricon, Complete

    Petronius Arbiter

  • British Dictionary definitions for wrasse wrasse noun

    1. any marine percoid fish of the family Labridae, of tropical and temperate seas, having thick lips, strong teeth, and usually a bright coloration: many are used as food fishes

    Word Origin for wrasse C17: from Cornish wrach; related to Welsh gwrach old woman Word Origin and History for wrasse n.

    1670s, from Cornish wrach, related to Welsh gurach.

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