One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large greyish marine fish with small scales which give the skin a leathery appearance. It lives in the Mediterranean and around the western and southern coasts of Africa, where it is a popular game fish.
Lichia amia, family Carangidae
- ‘The Breede River is the Cape's premier fishing estuary and has a history of record catches of spotted grunter, leervis, cob and white steenbras.’
- ‘David has caught a leervis which was tagged in Durban, indicating the distances of the range and movement of such fish.’
- ‘Local fishermen value this region for its generous yields of leervis.’
- ‘The most common fish caught in the area are steenbras, grunter and leervis.’
- ‘After more than an hour's fight, local angler Adriane Domoney managed to land an 18,5kg leervis - also known as a garrick - from the choppy sea near the pier here yesterday.’
Mid 19th century: from Afrikaans, from Dutch leer ‘leather’ + vis ‘fish’.
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