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karper, noun

Forms:
Also carper.
Origin:
South African Dutch, DutchShow more South African Dutch, transferred use of Dutch karper carp.
obs. except in historical contexts
Either of two species of freshwater fish: 1. Cape kurper, see kurper sense 1. 2. Barbus burchellii of the Cyprinidae; also called yellowfish (sense a).
1823 W.W. Bird State of Cape of G.H. 160Few fish are found in the rivers, on the Cape side of the mountains, except small fish, called Karpers and springers, which are excellent, and eels.
1971 L.G. Green Taste of S.-Easter 185Joris van Spilbergen caught ‘carpers of excellent flavour’ at a river mouth in Table Bay early in the seventeenth century.
Cape kurper, see kurper1.
Barbus burchellii of the Cyprinidae; also called yellowfish (sense a).

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