Definition of leervis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɪərfəs/

noun (plural same)

South African
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.
Example sentences
  • David has caught a leervis which was tagged in Durban, indicating the distances of the range and movement of such fish.
  • 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.
  • 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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Line breaks: leer|vis

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