geelvis, noun

Forms:
Formerly also geelvisch.
Origin:
Afrikaans, South African DutchShow more Afrikaans (earlier South African Dutch geelvisch), geel yellow + vis fish.
yellowfish sense a.
Note:
Used especially of the Clanwilliam yellowfish (see yellowfish sense b), Barbus capensis.
1822 W.J. Burchell Trav. I. 280In the deepest of its (sc. the Zak-rivier’s) pools I found a beautiful kind of carp, entirely of a yellow-green with a brazen lustre. The largest..was at least two feet long...It was known by the name of Geel-visch (Yellow-fish). [Note] Cyprinus aëneus.
1937 Guide to Vertebrate Fauna of E. Cape Prov. (Albany Museum) II. 123Genus Barbus...The species are numerous and usually abundant in the fresh waters of Africa and Asia. Most are small, but some e.g. the ‘Mahaseer’ of India and our own ‘Geel-vis,’ attain a large size, and are angling fishes of the first rank.
1947 K.H. Barnard Pict. Guide to S. Afr. Fishes 56In the Cape the Clanwilliam Yellow-fish, Geelvis (Barbus capensis)..is also a good sporting fish.
1973 S. Afr. Panorama Oct.At the Molopo Oog,..kurpers, geelvis, carp and black bass are bred on a large scale.
yellowfisha.

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