Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various marine flatfishes of the family Cynoglossidae, having the posterior part of the body tapering to a point.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the flatfishes in the taxonomic family Cynoglossidae, distinguished by the presence of a long hook on the snout overhanging the mouth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A flounder (Symphurus plagiusa) native of the southern coast of the United States.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of flatfish, Aphoristia plagiusa, found from Virginia to Texas and the West Indies.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. left-eyed marine flatfish whose tail tapers to a point; of little commercial value
  • n. left-eyed marine flatfish whose tail tapers to a point; of little commercial value

Etymologies

From its tongue-shaped body.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • It was during those surveys that the researchers captured images that were totally unexpected; a species of previously unknown flatfish (also known as a tonguefish) was swimming nonchalantly through the clouds of poisonous chemicals and was even seen resting on top of pools of molten sulphur.

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