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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Any fish of the suborder Heterosomata: so called from the flattened bilaterally unsymmetrical form.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.

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

  • noun sweet lean whitish flesh of any of numerous thin-bodied fish; usually served as thin fillets
  • noun 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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