leer·​fish | \ ˈlir-ˌfish How to pronounce leerfish (audio) \
variants: or less commonly leervis \ ˈlir-​ˌvis How to pronounce leervis (audio) \

Definition of leerfish

: a large, vigorous marine fish (Lichia amia of the family Carangidae) that is valued as a sport fish, is bluish-gray to brown above and silvery-white below, may reach a length of over six feet (1.8 meters) but is typically smaller, and is found especially in coastal waters off western and eastern Africa and in the Mediterranean Sea

called also garrick

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First Known Use of leerfish

1843, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for leerfish

leerfish partial translation of Afrikaans leervis, from leer leather + vis fish; leervis from Afrikaans

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“Leerfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leerfish. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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