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blaasop, noun

Forms:
blaaz-op, blasopShow more Also blaaz-op, blasop, blassop, blos op.
Plurals:
blaasops, or unchanged.
Origin:
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.
1786 G. Forster tr. of A. 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.
1918 S.H. Skaife Animal 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.
2. Any of a number of poisonous sea fishes of the Tetraodontidae which are able to inflate their bodies into nearly spherical shape (see quotation 1986); blaasoppie.
[1853 L. Pappe Synopsis of Edible Fishes 8This fish (Blaasopvisch; Balloonfish; Toadfish) is never found in Table Bay, but is very common in the bays to the east of it.]
1993 R. Van der Elst Guide to Common Sea Fishes 377Blackback blaasop, reference to its colour and ability to inflate itself.
3. Any of several species of burrowing frog of the genus Breviceps of the Microhylidae, characterized by their tendency to inflate themselves when alarmed. See also donder padda sense b, rain frog.
1908 Batrachos in E. London Dispatch 23 Oct. 5Another very curious frog is the ‘Blas-op’..[which] spends most of his time underground, coming only to the surface after very wet weather.
1993 [see rain frog].
Any of several species of forest-dwelling grasshoppers of the Pneumoridae, the males having greatly distended abdomens which serve as resonance chambers; ghonya; oppblazer.
Any of a number of poisonous sea fishes of the Tetraodontidae which are able to inflate their bodies into nearly spherical shape (see quotation 1986); blaasoppie.
Any of several species of burrowing frog of the genus Breviceps of the Microhylidae, characterized by their tendency to inflate themselves when alarmed.

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