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
More 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'.