from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of marine fishes, including the wrasses of Europe. See wrasse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of Labridæ: so called from the thick fleshy lips.
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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.
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.
It was apparently a splendid time for our friends, the labrus, but we did not get a bite.