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geelbek, noun

Forms:
geelbec, geelbeckShow more Also geelbec, geelbeck, kiel-back.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more South African Dutch, geel yellow + bek mouth, beak.
1.
a. The marine fish Atractoscion aequidens of the Sciaenidae, so named for the bright yellow edges to its jaws and gill covers; Cape salmon sense 1 a; also called kob. Also attributive.
Note:
The name ‘geelbek’ is used for this species in Smith and Heemstra’s Smiths' Sea Fishes (1986).
a1827 D. Carmichael in W.J. Hooker Botanical Misc. (1831) II. 267The Galeon fish, the Geelbek, and Cabillau, were invariably found together.
1993 R. Van der Elst Guide to Common Sea Fishes 290Whereas it is a rare catch for rock and surf anglers, the geelbek is frequently landed by ski- and line-boat fishermen.
b. comb.
geelbek toutjie [Afrikaans, toutjie a thin strip of dried meat], a strip of dried fish .
1979 Snyman & Klarie Free from Sea 26Cape Salmon is easy to cure and this has resulted in our unique Cape delicacy, ‘Geelbek Toutjies’.
1979 Snyman & Klarie Free from Sea 83Geelbek Toutjies...A toothsome fish biltong which can be eaten raw or baked...After a week or so your Geelbek Toutjies are ready to be eaten.
2. The duck Anas undulata of the Anatidae; yellow-bill, see yellow sense a. Also attributive.
1867 E.L. Layard Birds of S. Afr. 352A[nas] Xanthorhyncha...Geelbec of Colonists and Sportsmen.
1994 M. Roberts tr. of J.A. Wahlberg’s Trav. Jrnls 1838–56 56Numerous flocks of ducks (Geelbecks Ent and Swart Ent): shot at them in vain.
3. obsolete. An insulting term for a ‘coloured’ person (see coloured noun).
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 183Geelbek,..The term is..applied abusively to a coloured person.
[1943 Weekend News & Sunday Mag. 20 Mar.Stompie Geelbek and Pals celebrate Oubaas’s Visit. ‘Tank youse, Misser Geelbek,’ ses Plaatjes. ‘At least jou is gort de instinks ord er yennelman if jou is nort one!’]
The marine fish Atractoscion aequidens of the Sciaenidae, so named for the bright yellow edges to its jaws and gill covers; Cape salmon1 a; also called kob. Also attributive.
a strip of dried fish
The duck Anas undulata of the Anatidae; yellow-bill, see yellowa. Also attributive.
An insulting term for a ‘coloured’ person (see colourednoun).

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