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

Definition of korhaan

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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History and Etymology for 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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“Korhaan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/korhaan. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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