rooiman, noun

Forms:
roodman, rooimannShow more Also roodman, rooimann, rooman, rooy-mann, and with initial capital.
Origin:
South African Dutch, AfrikaansShow more South African Dutch roodeman, later Afrikaans rooiman, rooi red + man man.
obs.
1. roman sense 1. Also attributive.
1790 tr. of F. Le Vaillant’s Trav. I. 32Fish are very abundant at the Cape. Among those most esteemed, the principal are the rooman, a red fish found in the bay of Falso.
1798 S.H. Wilcocke tr. of J.S. Stavorinus’s Voy. to E. Indies I. 34A kind of red fish, named roomans or red men, by the inhabitants of the Cape.
1798 S.H. Wilcocke tr. of J.S. Stavorinus’s Voy. to E. Indies I. 560The Rooman-fish..is one of the most delicious that is caught; it is covered with light red scales.
1919 M. Greenlees tr. of O.F. Mentzel’s Life at Cape in Mid-18th C. 81The commonest kind of fish caught here is the so-called ‘rooy-manns’. They retain their blood-red appearance even after they are boiled, and are about two feet long and proportionately heavy.
1919 M. Greenlees tr. of O.F. Mentzel’s Life at Cape in Mid-18th C. 101There are days when steenbrass, rooimanns or galjoens cannot be had for love or money.
2. jagspinnekop. Cf. roman sense 2.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 412Rooiman,..A species of Solpuga found in the Karoo; it is a reddish colour and has claws not unlike those of a lobster.
1966 E. Palmer Plains of Camdeboo 233On the farm we know..the nocturnal species [of spiders] as Rooimans or Red Men, and of these latter I can neither think nor speak except in capitals.
roman1. Also attributive.
jagspinnekop.
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