Definitions of flatfish
  1. 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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    any of various European and non-European marine flatfish
    righteye flounder, righteyed flounder
    flounders with both eyes on the right side of the head
    halibut, holibut
    marine food fish of the northern Atlantic or northern Pacific; the largest flatfish and one of the largest teleost fishes
    lefteye flounder, lefteyed flounder
    flatfishes with both eyes on the left side of the head
    tongue-fish, tonguefish
    left-eyed marine flatfish whose tail tapers to a point; of little commercial value
    right-eyed flatfish; many are valued as food; most common in warm seas especially European
    Pleuronectes platessa, plaice
    large European food fish
    European flatfish, Platichthys flesus
    important food fish of Europe
    Limanda ferruginea, yellowtail flounder
    American flounder having a yellowish tail
    Pseudopleuronectes americanus, blackback flounder, lemon sole, winter flounder
    important American food fish in the winter
    Microstomus kitt, lemon sole
    European flatfish highly valued as food
    American plaice, Hippoglossoides platessoides
    large American food fish
    Atlantic halibut, Hippoglossus hippoglossus
    largest United States flatfish
    Hippoglossus stenolepsis, Pacific halibut
    a righteye flounder found in the Pacific
    Paralichthys lethostigmus, southern flounder
    flounder of southern United States
    Paralichthys dentatus, summer flounder
    flounder of eastern coast of North America
    Etropus rimosus, gray flounder, grey flounder
    flounder found from North Carolina to Florida and the eastern Gulf of Mexico
    a lefteye flounder found in coastal waters from New England to Brazil
    sand dab
    small food fishes of the Pacific coast of North America
    Scophthalmus aquosus, windowpane
    very thin translucent flounder of the Atlantic coast of North America
    Scophthalmus rhombus, brill
    European food fish
    Psetta maxima, turbot
    a large brownish European flatfish
    European sole, Solea solea
    highly valued as food
    Solea lascaris, lemon sole
    small European sole
    English sole, Parophrys vitulus, lemon sole
    popular pale brown food flatfish of the Pacific coast of North America
    Psettichthys melanostichus, sand sole
    a common flatfish of the Pacific coast of North America
    Trinectes maculatus, hogchoker
    useless as food; in coastal streams from Maine to Texas and Panama
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    acanthopterygian, spiny-finned fish
    a teleost fish with fins that are supported by sharp inflexible rays
  2. noun
    sweet lean whitish flesh of any of numerous thin-bodied fish; usually served as thin fillets
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    flesh of any of various American and European flatfish
    fillet of sole, sole
    lean flesh of any of several flatfish
    lean flesh of very large flatfish of Atlantic or Pacific
    yellowtail flounder
    flesh of American flounder having a yellowish tail
    flesh of large European flatfish
    flesh of a large European flatfish
    sand dab
    the lean flesh of a small flounder from the Pacific coast of North America
    gray sole, grey sole
    greyish-white flesh of a flatfish
    English sole, lemon sole
    highly valued almost pure white flesh
    lemon sole, winter flounder
    flesh of American flounder; important in the winter
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    saltwater fish
    flesh of fish from the sea used as food
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