One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bottom-dwelling, eel-like marine fish, Genypterus capensis (family Ophidiidae), found off the western and southern coasts of South Africa and popular as a food fish.
Early 19th century. From king + klipfish, after South African Dutch koningklipvisch (Afrikaans koningklipvis).
king klipfish/ˈkɪŋklɪp ˌfɪʃ/
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