from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The typical genus of Labridæ: so called from the thick fleshy lips.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A genus of marine fishes, including the wrasses of Europe. See wrasse.


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  • Many sea-fish make their way upstream to swim in fresh waters-shad, mullet, perch, and labrus -- and carry their excursions far into the Saïd.

    History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 1 (of 12)

  • Without uncovering what does not concern us, or counting how many species of parasites hang on a bombyx; or groping after intestinal parasites, or infusory biters, or the obscurities of alternate generation; -- the forms of the shark, the labrus, the jaw of the sea-wolf paved with crushing teeth, the weapons of the grampus, and other warriors hidden in the sea, -- are hints of ferocity in the interiors of nature.

    The Conduct of Life (1860)

  • It was apparently a splendid time for our friends, the labrus, but we did not get a bite.

    Captain Mugford Our Salt and Fresh Water Tutors


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  • (n): (zool.) A genus of marine fishes, including the wrasses of Europe. cf. wrasse.

    January 4, 2009