assous, noun

Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, unknown; thought by some to be an adaptation of Dutch ansjovis anchovy.
1902 J.D.F. Gilchrist in Trans. of S. Afr. Philos. Soc. XI. iv. 224 (Pettman)We have hitherto considered names for which derivations can be suggested...There are a few..for which no plausible derivation can be discovered. These are bafaro, assous, zeverrim.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 36Assous, The name given at Hout Bay to the fish known elsewhere as Spiering.
1949 J.L.B. Smith Sea Fishes of Sn Afr. 325Atherina Breviceps Cuvier. Silverside. Assous or Spierintje (Cape). Whitebait (Knysna)...Body transparent, difficult to see in the water.
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