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).
1731G. Medleytr. ofP. 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.
1790W. PatersonNarr. 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.
1806J. BarrowTrav.II. 37One of these [fish] called the Cabeljou..grows in weight of forty pounds.
1837Moderator 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.
1838J.E. AlexanderExped. into Int.II.At last we got a great prize in a stranded cabaljao, fifty pounds in weight, like a huge salmon.
1859E.L. Layard inCape Monthly Mag.Vol.5No.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.
1954L.G. GreenUnder 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.
1968J.L.B. SmithHigh 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.
1988E. Withers inFair Lady 22 June (Suppl.) 15Main courses like poached kabeljou with a piquant sauce, stir-fried prawns and sweet-and-sour hake.
1990E. 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.
1993P. Goosen inGetaway Nov. 127The whole area..is good for surf fishing, and you can expect to catch kabeljou (commonly called kob), elf, steenbras and galjoen.
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