panga, noun1

Forms:
Formerly also pangar.
Origin:
MalayShow more Probably from Malay ikan pangerang; see Gilchrist quotation 1902.
Either of two species of marine fish: a. The seabream Pterogymnus laniarius of the Sparidae; dageraad sense c; dikbekkie sense b. b. The kingfish Megalaspis cordyla of the Carangidae.
Note:
In Smith and Heemstra’s Smiths' Sea Fishes (1986), this name is used only for P. laniarus; M. cordyla is called ‘torpedo scad’.
1902 J.D.F. Gilchrist in Trans. of S. Afr. Philological Soc. XI. iv. 218As the name is chiefly used by the Malay fishermen,..it may have been originally a Malay name...Valentyn in his ‘Old and New East Indies’ mentions a fish which the natives called Ikan Pangerang or Pangarang (literally, prince) which seems to bear some resemblance to the Cape Panga, more especially in its having the protruding teeth.
1902 H.J. Duckitt Hilda’s Diary of Cape Hsekeeper 142Snoek is still in season; also pangar, a very nice fish for frying.
1913 W.W. Thompson Sea Fisheries of Cape Col. 61Only one Malay name seems to be in use — unless, as is probable, some of the unknown designations may be traced to them — panga, the name given to a fish resembling the Cape Silverfish, but with some of the front teeth protruding, is said to be derived from a fish called in the East Indies ikan pangirang (prince).
1947 K.H. Barnard Pict. Guide to S. Afr. Fishes 149Panga (Pterogymnus laniarus)...A well-known Cape table-fish.
1972 L.G. Green When Journey’s Over 148Hotel-keepers went to Agmat for Cape Salmon, butterfish and panga.
1980 E. Prov. Herald 26 Sept. 1Although there was no quota for maasbanker and pangas, the threatened ban was likely because hake and sole would be caught up in the trawling nets.
1985 A. Tredgold Bay between MountainsThe trawlers were accused of ‘exterminating such fish as the panga, silver fish, red and white stumpnose’.
1988 G. Winch in Ski-Boat Vol.4 No.6, 9They (sc. foreign vessels) are..limited to catch no more than 15% of other species (carpenter, panga, steenbras) as a by-catch when trawling for hake or maasbanker.
The seabream Pterogymnus laniarius of the Sparidae; dageraadc; dikbekkieb.
The kingfish Megalaspis cordyla of the Carangidae.
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