klipfish

noun klip·fish
variants: or clipfish \ˈklipˌfish\

Definition of klipfish

1 :a fish (as cod) split open, salted, and dried
2 :a fish of the family Clinidae :kelpfish

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Origin and Etymology of klipfish

in sense 1, past translation of Danish klipfisk, Norwegian klippfisk & German klippfisch; Danish & Norwegian, probably from German, from klippe rock near the sea, cliff + fisch fish; in sense 2, partial translation of Afrikaans klipvis, from klip rock, stone (from Middle Dutch klippe) + vis fish; akin to Old English clif cliff


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