One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a number of deep-bodied edible marine fishes.
the black sea bream of European Atlantic waters ("Spondyliosoma cantharus", family "Sparidae").
a small brightly patterned Australian fish ("Enoplosus armatus", the only member of the family "Enoplosidae").
a brightly patterned tropical Atlantic triggerfish ("Balistes vetula", family "Balistidae").
- ‘Large schools of old wives, bullseyes and big trevally, too wily for the fishermen, took refuge here.’
- ‘Porcupine fish and old wives hover near encrusted piles, while talma poke among the soft corals.’
- ‘Heading up the boulder slope towards Slot Cave to look for a resident school of old wives, we came across a couple of Port Jackson shark egg cases, which reminded me of WWI hand grenades.’
- ‘An adult Old Wife is easily recognised by its distinctive shape and colouration.’
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