variants or joseph or josup
plural -s
: an elephant fish (Callorynchus capensis) of southern Africa

Word History


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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