leerfish

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noun leer·fish \ˈlir-ˌfish\
variants: less commonly

leervis

\ˈlir-ˌvis\ play

Definition of leerfish

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of leerfish

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


First Known Use: 1843


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