Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of numerous chiefly tropical, often brightly colored marine fishes of the family Labridae, having spiny fins, thick lips, and powerful jaws, and often valued for food.

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  • n. Any one of numerous edible, marine, spiny-finned fishes of the genus Labrus, of which several species are found in the Mediterranean and on the Atlantic coast of Europe. Many of the species are bright-colored.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of numerous edible, marine, spiny-finned fishes of the genus Labrus, of which several species are found in the Mediterranean and on the Atlantic coast of Europe. Many of the species are bright-colored.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In New Zealand, Pseudolabrus bothryocosmus. Called also poddly, spotty, and kelp-fish.
  • n. An acanthopterygian teleost fish of the family Labridæ; any labrid, or labroid fish, having thick fleshy lips, strong sharp teeth, and usually brilliant coloration. See parrot-fish (with cut).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. chiefly tropical marine fishes with fleshy lips and powerful teeth; usually brightly colored

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Cornish gwragh and Welsh gwrach, old woman.

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From Cornish.

Examples

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  • "Few fish bones have survived, but we do have evidence of conger, bream, shark, skate, wrasse, ray, eel, haddock, limpets and other shellfish, most of which would have been impaled on sticks and set over glowing fires to cook."

    --Kate Colquhoun, Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking (NY: Bloomsbury, 2007), 12

    January 6, 2017

  • OED suggests this is a variant on the spelling of "wraths", "wrath" being the name of this fish as derived from Cornish. A beautiful exclamation when a single wrath will not do, also compoundable, e.g. wrasse and ires! Of course it is a different meaning, but beautifully suggestive nonetheless

    April 16, 2013