variants or less commonly kabeljau or kabeljauw
plural -s
: a large South African sciaenid food fish (Johnius hololepidotus) having a liver extremely rich in vitamin A that is closely related to and sometimes held identical with the European maigre

Word History


Afrikaans kabeljou, from Dutch kabeljauw cod

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“Kabeljou.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kabeljou. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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