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John Brown, noun phrase

Plurals:
unchanged, or John Browns.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Translation of Afrikaans jan bruin see janbruin; see quotation 1902.
Any of several species of seabream of the Sparidae, dark brown in colour (especially Gymnocrotaphus curvidens): a. The janbruin (sense a), G. curvidens. b. The Hottentot fish (see Hottentot noun sense 2 a), Pachymetopon aeneum. c. The bronze bream (sense b), P. grande. d. Polyamblyodon germanum; bronze bream sense c.
1902 J.D.F. Gilchrist in Trans. of S. Afr. Philological Soc. XI. iv. 223The John Brown and Jacob Swart stand in a category by themselves...The names appear to refer simply to the colour of these fish.
1982 Outeniqualander 2 Sept. 2Most meritorius catch..went to Keith Stephenson for a John Brown weighing 1,05 kg.
The janbruin (sense a), G. curvidens.
The Hottentot fishHottentotnoun2 a, Pachymetopon aeneum.
The bronze bream (sense b), P. grande.
Polyamblyodon germanum; bronze breamc.

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