josef

noun
jo·​sef
variants: or joseph \ ˈjōzə̇f How to pronounce josef (audio) \ or josup \ -​zəp \
plural -s

Definition of josef

: an elephant fish (Callorynchus capensis) of southern Africa

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History and Etymology for josef

Afrikaans josef, probably after Josef (Joseph), Old Testament patriarch; from the brilliant colors of the fish, reminiscent of Joseph's coat of many colors (Genesis 37:3—Authorized Version)

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“Josef.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/josef. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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