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steentjie, noun

Forms:
Formerly also steenje.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, steen stone + diminutive suffix -ie.
1. Either of two small species of seabream of the Sparidae: a. Spondyliosoma emarginatum, a fish commonly used as bait; dassie sense 2 b. b. Less frequently, the strepie, Sarpa salpa.
Note:
In Smith and Heemstra’s Smiths' Sea Fishes (1986), the name ‘steentjie’ is used for Spondyliosoma emarginatum.
1893 H.A. Bryden Gun & Camera 448We caught also at this time..steenje, another small fish which we cut up principally for bait.
1993 R. Van der Elst Informant, DurbanA number of small or unsized species, including the sand-soldier.., the pinky..and the steentjie (Spondyliosoma emarginatum).
2. rare. A diamond: klip noun sense 2.
1957 D. Jacobson Price of Diamonds 76Gottlieb..asked if he knew of the people who bought and sold the steenjies — the little stones — but Amos laughed and said in Afrikaans that the steenjies were dangerous stuff and he did not like them.
Spondyliosoma emarginatum, a fish commonly used as bait; dassie2 b.
Less frequently, the strepie, Sarpa salpa.
A diamond: klipnoun2.

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