Definition of kingklip in English:



  • A cusk-eel of South African waters, which is an important commercial food fish.

    Genypterus capensis, family Ophidiidae

    • ‘Black kingklip meat is lighter, larger, and firmer than the meat of its more expensive cousins.’
    • ‘The old man's platter had a slices of kingklip, succulent tender scallops and half a dozen tiger prawns done to perfection with savoury rice on the side.’
    • ‘Fillet of kingklip topped with prawns and mushrooms in a champagne sauce, served on a bed of rice with country vegetables.’
    • ‘The area - biologically rich, and home to various shallow and deepwater marine species such as hake, kingklip, monkfish, rock lobster and tune - faces serious threats from trawling and mining activities.’
    • ‘And it's worth noting that Van Leuvan serves kingklip, a really weird looking fish farmed in South Africa that is actually more eel than fish.’


Early 19th century: abbreviation of kingklipfish, partly translating Afrikaans koningklipvis ‘king rock fish’.