malagas, malagashShow more Also malagas, malagash, malagos.
unchanged, or malgases.
Afrikaans, South African Dutch, PortugueseShow more Afrikaans, earlier South African Dutch, adaptation of and transferred use of Portuguese mangas de veludo ‘sleeves of velvet’ (alluding to the bird’s black wing tips), the wandering albatross, Diomedea exulans.
The large marine bird Morus capensis of the Sulidae, white, with a strikingly coloured head and black wing tips; Cape gannet, see Cape sense 2 a. Also attributive.
[1611P. Floris inR. Raven-HartBefore Van Riebeeck (1967) 55Wee sawe dyvers foules that keepe aboute the cape; which we had not seene att sea before, as mangas de veludo.]
1867E.L. LayardBirds of S. Afr. 379Sula Capensis...Malagash of Colonists...It visits Table Bay in vast numbers in the months of April and May, in pursuit of the shoals of fish that then appear on the surface.
1872C.A. PaytonDiamond Diggings 76Birds were wonderfully numerous, thousands of cormorants,..and two large birds, termed by our natives ‘mollimauks’ and ‘malagasses.’
1964J. BennettMr Fisherman (1967) 69They were big black and white birds and they wheeled flashing in the sunlight, dropping into the water like bombs. ‘Malgas,’ said the serang.
1974E. Prov. Herald 7 Nov. 22There are vast colonies of malgas (gannets) and other birds which live off the shoals of fodder fish in our waters.
1985A. TredgoldBay between Mountains 16The big malgas, so handsome in its white plumage, with black-tipped wings and yellow-streaked blue head, dives like a plummet from great heights to take its pick of the fish.
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