One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A silvery freshwater fish of the carp family, which is fished commercially in eastern Europe.
Leuciscus idus, family Cyprinidae. See also golden orfeAlso called ide
- ‘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.’
- ‘We had clearly arrived at the wrong time to catch a record orfe.’
- ‘This is well stocked with a good head of roach, rudd, tench, bream, carp and orfe.’
- ‘He bagged two double figure carp plus scores of orfe, ide and tench for his winning net of 46 lb 14 oz.’
- ‘The same lake is also good for mixed nets of ide and orfe with fish to 2lb.’
- ‘The big main lake in front of us has nearly eight hundred carp plus some orfe and tench.’
Late 19th century: from German; perhaps related to French orphe, Latin orphus, and Greek orphos ‘sea perch’.
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