kob, noun

Plurals:
usually unchanged, occasionally kobs.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Abbreviation of Afrikaans kabeljou (see kabeljou), with anglicization of the vowel (see quotation 1917).
a. Any fish of the family Sciaenidae, especially the kabeljou, Argyrosomus hololepidotus; cob noun1. See also geelbek sense 1 a.
Note:
In Smith and Heemstra’s Smiths' Sea Fishes (1986), the name ‘kob’ is used both in this sense and, with distinguishing epithets, to designate individual species of the family Sciaenidae.
1906 E. London Dispatch 26 June 3Our well-known and very common kabeljaauw, called for briefness ‘cob’ or ‘kob’.
1993 Getaway Nov. 127Kabeljou (commonly called kob).
b. Special Combinations
kob-water, disturbed or discoloured water, in which the kob is often caught .
1930 C.L. Biden Sea-Angling Fishes 113On the south-east coast particularly they keep a watchful eye on what is known as ‘kob-water’ — a discoloration of the sea, either milky, dirty yellow, or what one would liken to pea soup.
1974 Argus 31 Dec. 4The familiar, ginger-beer coloured water known to anglers as ‘kob water’ is moving in along parts of the Strandfontein coast-line.
Any fish of the family Sciaenidae, especially the kabeljou, Argyrosomus hololepidotus; cobnoun.
disturbed or discoloured water, in which the kob is often caught

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