blaaz-op, blasopShow more Also blaaz-op, blasop, blassop, blos op.
blaasops, or unchanged.
Afrikaans, South African Dutch, DutchShow more Afrikaans, earlier South African Dutch blaazop, from Dutch opblazen to inflate.
1.obsolete.Any of several species of forest-dwelling grasshoppers of the Pneumoridae, the males having greatly distended abdomens which serve as resonance chambers; ghonya; oppblazer.
1786G. Forstertr. ofA. Sparrman’s Voy. to Cape of G.H.I. 312Here were..insects of that peculiar genus..pneumora...Their abdomen, one single small gut excepted, is always found empty, and at the same time quite pellucid, as well as blown up and distended; on which account they are called blaaz-ops by the Colonists, and are said to live on nothing but wind.
1853F.P. FlemingKaffraria 77The Pneumora, or as they are styled by the Dutch, ‘the Blos Op,’ are also common, and by their loud buzzing noise often attract notice to their large inflated bodies, which are of the most beautiful light green tints, spotted all over with silver.
1918S.H. SkaifeAnimal Life in S. Afr. 65The peculiar green blaasop also belongs to this family. The distended, bladder-like abdomen of the male probably serves to increase the volume of the sound made by this insect.
1930C.L. BidenSea-Angling Fishes 279Men catching blaasop..at Simonstown, and not knowing the fish, fried and ate some with fatal results...Blaasop is known as ‘swell-fish’ by Americans.
1947L.G. GreenTavern of Seas 36It should not be necessary to warn anyone that the blaasop’s liver contains a deadly poison, for the appearance of the fish is so revolting that I cannot imagine anyone even considering eating one.
1953Drum Mar. 31They catch anything, from sharks to sardines, and lots of little fat blasops.
1959M.W. SpilhausUnder Bright Sky 44Sometimes the boys catch blaasop, and they are Deadly Poison!
1968J.L.B. SmithHigh Tide 24Poisonous and dangerous creatures are generally the best known. Because of their peculiar appearance and characteristics, blaasops have attracted attention from the earliest times.
1976E. Prov. Herald 18 Nov. 37Even blaasops have been known to chew through nylon with their parrot like beaks.
1986Smith & HeemstraSmiths’ Sea Fishes 894Blaasops (or puffers) are so called because they can inflate their body by swallowing water (or air) to form an almost spherical, generally spiny ball to deter predators...The skin, liver and particularly the ovaries of most (perhaps all) species of tetradontids contain a potent alkaloid poison called tetraodotoxin.
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