hangberger, noun

Forms:
Formerly also hangeberger.
Origin:
See quotation 1913.
Either of two marine fishes (formerly, in both senses, also called hamburger):
1. ?obsolete. The zebra, Diplodus cervinus hottentotus.
1887 S.W. Silver & Co.’s Handbk to S. Afr. 182Sargus Hottentottus, Hangeberger. Common in Table Bay. Much used for pickling.
2. Hottentot noun sense 2 b.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 207Hangberger, A Cape Peninsula name for the Hottentot fish.., sometimes corrupted to Hamburger. Fleming ascribes the name to the fact of the fish ‘being chiefly taken in deep water; near a place called Hangberg (overhanging rock)’; others derive the name from the fish’s habit of frequenting rocky ledges.
1949 J.L.B. Smith Sea Fishes of Sn Afr. 276Pachymetopon blochii...Hottentot. Hangberger (Cape).
1970 Beeton & Dorner in Eng. Usage in Sn Afr. Vol.1 No.2, 25Hottentot (ii),..(Pachymetopon blochii), alt: hangberger.
1979 Snyman & Klarie Free from Sea 32Hangberger, These dusty-faced fish have a most distinctive flavour — not to everyone’s liking.
1994 [see Hottentot noun sense 2].
The zebra, Diplodus cervinus hottentotus.
Hottentotnoun2 b.
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