Definition of korhaan
1 : any of several African bustards
2 usually knoorhaan [so called from the sound they make when taken out of the water] a : any of several gurnards of southern Africa b : a large grunt (Pomadasys operculare) of the Indian Ocean that is a food and game fish in southern Africa
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Origin and Etymology of korhaan
korhaan, koorhaan from Afrikaans korhaan, from Dutch, black grouse, from korren to coo (from Middle Dutch curren, probably of imitative origin) + haan cock, rooster, from Middle Dutch hane; knorhaan, knoorhaan from Afrikaans knorhaan, from Dutch, black grouse, alteration (influenced by knorren to grumble, from Middle Dutch cnorren, probably of imitative origin) of korhaan; akin to Old English hana rooster — more at chant
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