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n. pl. flatfish or flat·fish·es
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.
n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) any marine spiny-finned fish of the order Heterosomata, including the halibut, plaice, turbot, and sole, all of which (when adult) swim along the sea floor on one side of the body, which is highly compressed and has both eyes on the uppermost side
n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
any of various bottom-dwelling fishes of the order Pleuronectiformes that have a flattened, laterally oriented body with both eyes on the upper side.
Any of numerous bottom-dwelling fish, such as the flounder, halibut, and sole, that have a flattened body. During a flatfish's larval stage, the head twists and one eye migrates to the other side, so that both eyes in the adult are on one side of the body.
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|Noun||1.||flatfish - sweet lean whitish flesh of any of numerous thin-bodied fish; usually served as thin fillets|
saltwater fish - flesh of fish from the sea used as food
flounder - flesh of any of various American and European flatfish
halibut - lean flesh of very large flatfish of Atlantic or Pacific
|2.||flatfish - 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|
acanthopterygian, spiny-finned fish - a teleost fish with fins that are supported by sharp inflexible rays
Heterosomata, order Heterosomata, order Pleuronectiformes - flatfishes: halibut; sole; flounder; plaice; turbot; tonguefishes
flounder - any of various European and non-European marine flatfish
holibut, halibut - marine food fish of the northern Atlantic or northern Pacific; the largest flatfish and one of the largest teleost fishes
tonguefish, tongue-fish - left-eyed marine flatfish whose tail tapers to a point; of little commercial value
sole - right-eyed flatfish; many are valued as food; most common in warm seas especially European