DSAE test file

joseph, noun

Forms:
josef, josepShow more Also josef, josep, josup.
Origin:
Dutch, MalayShow more Etymology obscure; perhaps adaptation of Dutch Jood’s visch (modern orthography vis) Jew fish; or from Malay; or an allusion to the biblical Joseph’s many-coloured coat (see quotation 1913).
The elephant fish (see elephant), Callorhinchus capensis.
1795 C.R. Hopson tr. of C.P. Thunberg’s Trav. I. 295Among the various sorts of fish that appeared on the tables at the Cape, were the Chimæra callorynchus (Dodskop or Joseph) the flesh of which is white and well-tasted; and the Raja miraletus (or Rock).
1977 K.F.R. Budack in A. Traill Khoisan Ling. Studies 3 37Against skin diseases and ulcers, also of a syphilitic nature, the yolks of the eggs of the joseph or Callorhynchus capensis were used.
The elephant fishelephant, Callorhinchus capensis.

Visualise Quotations

Quotation summary

Senses

17951977