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- noun dialectal, zoology A
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From Middle English flathe ("flatcake, flat fish"), from Old English *flaþa ("flatcake"; found only in compound flæþecomb, fleþecomb ("weaver's comb")), from Proto-Germanic *flaþô (“flatcake”), from Proto-Indo-European *plÀt- (“broad, flat”), from Proto-Indo-European *pele- (“to spread out, be broad, be flat”). Cognate with Dutch vla, vlade ("baked custard, pancake"), Middle Low German vlade ("flatcake"), German Fladen ("a flatcake, cowpatty"). Related to flan.