korhaan

noun

kor·​haan
ˈkō(ə)rˌhän
variants or knorhaan or less commonly knoorhaan
ˈnō-
or koorhaan
ˈkō-
plural korhaan or korhaans or knorhaan or knorhaans
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

Word History

Etymology

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

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“Korhaan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/korhaan. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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