sand dab


: any of several Pacific flounders (genus Citharichthys of the family Bothidae)
especially : a common food fish (C. sordidus)

Examples of sand dab in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What is a sand dab? Matt Brennan, Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2022 Magic and his dad go to the Forum and are served sand dab, which is a super weird fish. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 26 Apr. 2022 Johnson stabbed the listless sand dab with his fork. Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sand dab was in 1789

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“Sand dab.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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