kabeljou, noun

Forms:
cabaljao, cabeliauShow more Also cabaljao, cabeliau, cabeljauw, cabeljou, cableow, cobblejaw, gabeljouw, kabbeljauw, kabbeljiaauw, kabeljaau, kabeljaauw, kabeljau, kabeljauw, kabeljou, kabeljouw, kaboljou, keppeljou, kobeljauw.
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Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, earlier Dutch kabeljauw cod.
The marine fish Argyrosomus hololepidotus of the Sciaenidae, an important source of food; Cape salmon sense 1 b; also called cob (noun1), kob (sense a).
1731 G. Medley tr. of P. Kolben’s Present State of Cape of G.H. II. 188At the Cape there are several sorts of the Fish call’d Cabeliau...The Cabeliau, boil’d fresh, is very tender and delicate Food. But when ’tis boil’d salted, ’tis somewhat tough.
1790 W. Paterson Narr. of Four Journeys 80A pleasant river called Cableows River, from a fish which goes by that name, and which is a species of cod, being found near its mouth.
1806 J. Barrow Trav. II. 37One of these [fish] called the Cabeljou..grows in weight of forty pounds.
1837 Moderator 17 Jan. 2The varieties of fish were striking; viz. the harder, smelt, silver-fish, kabeljou, stock-fish, snoek, the sardyn (sprat), in countless myriads, and even the sole.
1838 J.E. Alexander Exped. into Int. II.At last we got a great prize in a stranded cabaljao, fifty pounds in weight, like a huge salmon.
1859 E.L. Layard in Cape Monthly Mag. Vol.5 No.1, 27One of the boys was off to the rocks with his fishing-rod, where we were told he would catch abundance of cobblejaw, Hottentot, stumpnose, and other fish, with euphonious names and palatable flavours.
1906 H.E.B. Brooking in E. London Dispatch 26 June 3Our well-known and very common kabeljaauw, called for briefness ‘cob’ or ‘kob,’ (sciaena acquila).
1915 D. Fairbridge Torch Bearer 138‘Some dreadful, unpronouncable name it had — “cobblestones,” I think,’ ‘Kabbeljaauw,’ amended Katherine, who had heard the Dutch for cod-fish.
[1917 A.C.M. Orrey Bottom Fishing in Cape Waters 52The geelbek is a far gamer fish than the kab., and fights well to the last.]
1930 C.L. Biden Sea-Angling Fishes 109The kabeljou is often mistaken for the geelbek.
1954 L.G. Green Under Sky Like Flame 41Some of the fish, like the kabeljou (Cape cod), geelbek (the so-called Cape salmon), and pilchards are of the South African species.
1968 J.L.B. Smith High Tide 34Little remains about fishes but a few names, such as haarder, kabeljaauw and snoek, which are, however, names of fishes of their own homeland (sc. Holland), which they applied to Cape fishes because they thought they looked like their own.
1988 E. Withers in Fair Lady 22 June (Suppl.) 15Main courses like poached kabeljou with a piquant sauce, stir-fried prawns and sweet-and-sour hake.
1990 E. Prov. Herald 12 Jan. 18Kob, cob, or kabeljouw, choose your own name, are caught everywhere on the South African coast. They are also found in the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. On the West Coast of Australia they are called jewfish.
1993 P. Goosen in Getaway Nov. 127The whole area..is good for surf fishing, and you can expect to catch kabeljou (commonly called kob), elf, steenbras and galjoen.
The marine fish Argyrosomus hololepidotus of the Sciaenidae, an important source of food; Cape salmon1 b; also called cob (noun), kob (sense a).
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