\ ˈras How to pronounce wrasse (audio) \
plural wrasses also wrasse

Definition of wrasse

: any of a large family (Labridae) of elongate usually brilliantly colored marine bony fishes that usually bury themselves in sand at night and include important food fishes as well as a number of popular aquarium fishes

Examples of wrasse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before being formally described, the fish was long mistaken as a red velvet fairy wrasse (Cirrhilabrus rubrisquamis). Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Mar. 2022 During recent dives, researchers found more of this fairy wrasse -- as well as at least eight potential new fish species -- living deep beneath local recreational diving zones. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 12 Mar. 2022 For instance, meerkats teach their young how to handle food safely through scaffolded lessons, and the bluestreak cleaner wrasse polices its cleaning station to prevent conflict that might scare off fussy client fish. Amy Brady, Scientific American, 19 July 2021 The Mardi Gras wrasse, a tiny purple, yellow and green fish first discovered in the sanctuary in 1997 has been spotted in only one other area – the reefs in the Vera Cruz region of Mexico. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, 19 Jan. 2021 That was odd, Evans said, because that species of wrasse is vegetarian. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 13 Aug. 2020 My focus swivels from them to the sharks to the organic brilliance of the coral to a massive green-and-blue humphead wrasse, a fish that can reach 400 pounds, silhouetted in the stormy light above. John Briley, Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2020 The fish are a new species of what's known as fairy wrasses. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 7 Dec. 2019 In the ocean, groupers, wrasse and eels form a multispecies team, working together to flush out and consume prey in bouts of collaborative hunting. Barbara J. King, Scientific American, 12 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of wrasse

circa 1672, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wrasse

Cornish gwragh, wragh hag, wrasse

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“Wrasse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrasse. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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