Definition of kingklip in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɪŋklɪp/


A cusk-eel of South African waters, which is an important commercial food fish.
  • Genypterus capensis, family Ophidiidae.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Black kingklip meat is lighter, larger, and firmer than the meat of its more expensive cousins.


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

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