American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of numerous chiefly marine fishes of the order Pleuronectiformes, including the flounders, soles, and halibuts, having a laterally compressed body with both eyes on the upper side.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any fish of the suborder Heterosomata: so called from the flattened bilaterally unsymmetrical form. The body is greatly compressed, and one side is colorless or whitish, while the other is dark and variously marked. The typical flat-fishes constitute the family Pleuronectidœ, and include many species of great economic importance, as the halibut, turbot, plaice, sole, flounder, etc. A flatfish is not reallyflat (that is, depressed or flattened out horizontally), but is, on the contrary, thin (that is, extremely compressed or vertically expanded), and has both eyes on one side, not on top. It swims and lies with its eyeless and colorless side downward, thus appearing as if spread out horizontally.
- n. A fish of the order Pleuronectiformes, the adults of which have both eyes on one side and usually swim with the other side down, such as a flounder, a halibut, or a sole.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any fish of the family
Pleuronectidæ; esp., the winter flounder (Pleuronectes Americanus). The flatfishes have the body flattened, swim on the side, and have eyes on one side, as the flounder, turbot, and halibut. See flounder.
- n. sweet lean whitish flesh of any of numerous thin-bodied fish; usually served as thin fillets
- n. any of several families of fishes having flattened bodies that swim along the sea floor on one side of the body with both eyes on the upper side
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“Looks like a flatfish which is a classic trout lure”
“Some species, such as flatfish, have actually quadrupled.”
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“Yes | No | Report from bgreen902 wrote 27 weeks 4 hours ago troll with flatfish aand crawfish lures.”
“He was particularly concerned with the disappearance of flatfish and small crabs, which he thought resulted from an excess of nutrients in the water—most likely from septic and municipal wastewater plants.”
“A quick recipe for "bait-wrapping" flatfish lures with meat in the fall.”
“I've caught more fish, bigger fish, and more species on flatfish and their clones.”
“Most are as visually rich as they are impossible to stage, like the icicle that forms in the air when Mrs. Pugh smiles at her poison-plotting husband, or Mrs. Organ Morgan, who "nimbly spears a small flatfish and pelicans it whole.”
“And it's a gastronome's paradise, the home of Camembert and more: shellfish and flatfish from the coast, lamb from the salt flats.”
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