Definition of orfe in English:



  • A silvery freshwater fish of the carp family, which is fished commercially in eastern Europe.

    Leuciscus idus, family Cyprinidae. See also golden orfe

    Also called ide
    • ‘The same lake is also good for mixed nets of ide and orfe with fish to 2lb.’
    • ‘Plenty of small ide, orfe, carp and tench are keeping anglers active with one visitor from Leeds complaining that he did not have time to eat his butties.’
    • ‘He bagged two double figure carp plus scores of orfe, ide and tench for his winning net of 46 lb 14 oz.’
    • ‘This is well stocked with a good head of roach, rudd, tench, bream, carp and orfe.’
    • ‘The big main lake in front of us has nearly eight hundred carp plus some orfe and tench.’
    • ‘We had clearly arrived at the wrong time to catch a record orfe.’


Late 19th century: from German; perhaps related to French orphe, Latin orphus, and Greek orphos ‘sea perch’.