noun \ˈtər-bət\

: a large European fish that is eaten as food

plural turbot also turbots

Full Definition of TURBOT

:  a large European flatfish (Psetta maxima) that is a popular food fish and has a brownish upper surface marked with scattered tubercles and a white undersurface
:  any of various flatfishes (as Scophthalmus maximus or Reinhardtius hippoglossoides) resembling the turbot

Origin of TURBOT

Middle English, from Anglo-French turbut
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Fishes Terms

char, chum, ichthyology, smelt, tetra

Rhymes with TURBOT


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Species (Scophthalmus maximus, family Scophthalmidae or Bothidae) of broad-bodied European flatfish, a highly valued food fish. It lives along sand and gravel shores. It is left-sided (with eyes normally on the left side of the head) and scaleless; the head and body are studded with numerous bony knobs. Turbots grow to, at most, 40 in. (1 m) long and weigh about 55 lb (25 kg). Colour varies with the surroundings but is usually gray-brown or light brown with darker markings. A related species is the Black Sea turbot (S. maeoticus). Certain right-sided Pacific flatfish (genus Pleuronichthys, family Pleuronectidae) are also called turbot.


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