korhaan

noun kor·haan \ ˈkō(ə)rˌhän \
variants: or knorhaan or less commonly knoorhaan \ˈnō-\ or koorhaan \ˈkō-\

Definition of korhaan

plural korhaan or korhaans or knorhaan or knorhaans
1 :any of several African bustards
2
[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


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