Definition of kabeljou in English:



South African
  • A large predatory marine fish of the drum family, found in the Mediterranean, eastern Atlantic, and SW Indian Ocean. It is an important food fish in southern Africa.

    Called meagre in Britain
    • ‘Dishes include seafood, from kingklip, hake to kabeljou and mussels as well as lamb and chicken for the meat-lovers.’
    • ‘A magazine put up N$3000 for the biggest kolstert and the biggest kabeljou will fetch its catcher N$3000 put up by a local bank.’
    • ‘The company fishes for snoek, kabeljou and calamari, and exports to the Ukraine and Cape Town.’
    • ‘Bake slowly. Allow 45 minutes to 1 hour for a 2.5 kg kabeljou.’
    • ‘Big tuna, kabeljou, sailfish, barracuda and many more are still regularly landed here.’


Early 18th century: from Afrikaans, from Dutch, ‘cod’.