mooi nooitje, noun phrase

Forms:
mooinooientjie, mooi nooijeShow more Also mooinooientjie, mooi nooije, mooi noointje.
Origin:
South African Dutch, AfrikaansShow more South African Dutch (later Afrikaans), mooi pretty + nooitje, nooitjie little mistress, young girl.
?obsolescent
Especially in the Western Cape: the strepie, Sarpa salpa.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 324Mooi nooije,..The Struis Bay and Hermanuspetrusfontein name for Box salpa. See Bamboo-fish.
1917 A.C.M. Orrey Bottom Fishing in Cape Waters 57If mackerel..cannot be obtained [as bait], a small fish such as a mooi noointje or blauw koppie or harder may be caught and used whole in the same way as mackerel.
1951 L.G. Green Grow Lovely 92An appealing name is that of the mooinooientjie, a modest bamboo fish with golden stripes.
1958 L.G. Green S. Afr. Beachcomber 111[Pappe] defended the bamboo fish, or mooi nooientjie (pretty girl) also known as the stinkfish, explaining that [its] diet of seaweed gave out a peculiar smell when the fish was cleaned.
Especially in the Western Cape: the strepie, Sarpa salpa.
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