scaly, noun

Forms:
Also scaley, scalie.
Origin:
EnglishShow more Absolute use of English scaly covered in scales.
The freshwater fish Barbus natalensis of the Cyprinidae; also called yellowfish (sense a). Also attributive.
Note:
The name ‘scaly’ is used for this species in Skelton’s Complete Guide to Freshwater Fishes (1993).
1938 RAC Handbk 365‘Scalies’ are the local brand of indigenous fish, and in the waters around Maritzburg many big specimens are captured. There is no season for ‘Scalie’ fishing.
1947 K.H. Barnard Pict. Guide to S. Afr. Fishes 56The well known Scaley..of Natal is a near relative of the Yellow-fish.
1970 Daily News 30 Oct.The best catch of scalies taken recently was 15 weighing 12.2kg (27lb) from Wagendrift Dam, near Estcourt.
1971 Rand Daily Mail 27 Mar. 23An interesting observation last week was the presence of shoals of scalies in the Bushmans river.
1975 Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. XI. 563The Natal scaly..reaches 5 kg and is restricted to the Pongola system and the rivers of Natal.
The freshwater fish Barbus natalensis of the Cyprinidae; also called yellowfish (sense a). Also attributive.

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