plural -s
: a southern African shallow-water edible chimaera (Callorhynchus capensis) having the snout prolonged into a fleshy lobe which is used in rooting up mollusks and crabs from sandy bottoms

Word History


Afrikaans, from doods (genitive of dood death, from Middle Dutch doot) + kop head, from Middle Dutch cop, coppe drinking vessel, skull, head; akin to Old English dēath death

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near doodskop

Cite this Entry

“Doodskop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!