from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A European flatfish, Scophthalmus maximus, that has a brown knobby upper side and is prized as food.
- n. Any of various flatfishes similar or related to this fish.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various flatfishes of family Scophthalmidae that are found in marine or brackish waters.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large European flounder (Rhombus maximus) highly esteemed as a food fish. It often weighs from thirty to forty pounds. Its color on the upper side is brownish with small roundish tubercles scattered over the surface. The lower, or blind, side is white. Called also bannock fluke.
- n. Any one of numerous species of flounders more or less related to the true turbots, as the American plaice, or summer flounder (see flounder), the halibut, and the diamond flounder (Hypsopsetta guttulata) of California.
- n. The filefish; -- so called in Bermuda.
- n. The trigger fish.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A New Zealand fish, Ammotretis guntheri. Also called lemon-sole or yellowbelly.
- n. One of the larger flatfishes, Psetta maxima (formerly Rhombus maximus), belonging to the family Pleuronectidæ.
- n. In the United States, one of several large flounders more or less resembling the above, as Bothus maculatus, the sand-flounder or window-pane of the Atlantic coast, more fully called spotted turbot, and Hypopsetta guttulata, the diamond flounder of California.
- n. The file-fish.
- n. The trigger-fish.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. flesh of a large European flatfish
- n. a large brownish European flatfish
Middle English turbut, from Old French tourbout, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Swedish törnbut : törn, thorn + but, flatfish.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old (and modern) French turbot, from Old Swedish tornbut, from törn (“thorn”) + but (“butt, flatfish”). (Wiktionary)