damba, noun

Forms:
Also with initial capital.
Plurals:
usually unchanged; occasionally dambas.
Origin:
Xhosa
In the Eastern Cape: a. The galjoen (sense 1), Coracinus capensis. b. The banded galjoen or bastard galjoen (sense (a), see galjoen sense 2), C. multifasciatus.
1906 H.E.B. Brooking in E. London Dispatch 6 Feb. 6The fish, with the exception of a nice black-tail or two, were all ‘dambas’.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 138Damba, The fish known at East London and elsewhere as the Galjoen..is known on the Transkei coast by this name.
1949 J.L.B. Smith Sea Fishes of Sn Afr. 248Coracinus capensis...Galjoen (Cape, general). Highwater or Damba (Eastern Cape). Blackfish or Black Bream (Natal).
1949 J.L.B. Smith Sea Fishes of Sn Afr. 249Coracinus multifasciatus...Banded Galjoen or Bastard Galjoen, or Damba (Eastern Cape — Natal).
1971 E. Prov. Herald 15 July 16Galjoen is by far the most popular name for the fish, but as we go up the coast from Port Elizabeth, it becomes Highwater, Damba, and then Blackfish in Natal.
1985 T. Baron in Frontline Feb. 30Galjoen changes his name as he swims round the country, going by names like damba and highwater and blackbream.
1987 E. Prov. Herald 28 Mar. 6In the East London area at least one tribal name is used and that is damba for the galjoen.
1993 R. Van der Elst Guide to Common Sea Fishes 186Coracinus capensis...Common names galjoen, damba and many others.
The galjoen (sense 1), Coracinus capensis.
The banded galjoen or bastard galjoen (sense (a), see galjoen2), C. multifasciatus.

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