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