highwater, noun

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EnglishShow more Special use of general English highwater high tide, see quotation 1949.
In full highwater fish: on the east coast, a name for the galjoen (sense 1), Coracinus capensis. Also attributive.
1930 C.L. Biden Sea-Angling Fishes 208General local name: Walvis-Natal — Galjoen. Additional names: East London — High water fish; Blackfish; i-Damba.
1949 J.L.B. Smith Sea Fishes of Sn Afr. 248Comes close inshore at high tide, hence the name ‘Highwater’. A powerful swimmer, able to turn in a breaking wave.
1957 S. Schoeman Strike! 24From Walvis Bay to Port Elizabeth, the local name for galjoen is universally ‘galjoen’, but from East London to Durban it is known as ‘highwater fish’ or ‘Damba’.
1972 Daily Dispatch 20 June 17I read an article recently on the confusion that exists over the popular names of our common fish. The galjoen, for example, is known as a high-water or a damba.
1979 [see black bream].
on the east coast, a name for the galjoen (sense 1), Coracinus capensis. Also attributive.

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