tur·​bot ˈtər-bət How to pronounce turbot (audio)
plural turbot also turbots
: 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 (such as Scophthalmus maximus or Reinhardtius hippoglossoides) resembling the turbot

Examples of turbot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Grilled turbot with salsa verde shines even brighter with a rich slick of hummus on the bottom. Melissa Clark, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2023 Think wild turbot from the Basque coast, thumb-size barnacles from Galicia, and the fattest red prawns straight from the Costa Brava. Matt Goulding, Travel + Leisure, 7 July 2023 Start off with a peppery, herbal Spanish gin and tonic and Iberico ham or Osetra caviar before moving on to grilled Spanish turbot, veal Milanese or the signature risotto. Pat Saperstein, Variety, 22 Sep. 2021 Flatfish range in color from a speckled brown, black, and beige, like a black sea turbot; or spotted, like the blue-and-yellow peacock flounder. National Geographic, 11 June 2020 But the two dishes diners keep coming back for are the Blackmore wagyu flown in from Australia and the Spanish turbot, which has a deep golden crust of gruyere and is served in a velouté. Dallas News, 16 June 2022 The upscale spot with modern Brazilian fare will offer a New Year’s Eve menu with a Wagyu kibbeh cru, duck confit with red sorrel, rice grits risotto with country ham, dry-aged prime rib, and poached Spanish turbot. Dallas News, 21 Dec. 2022 Ojaste serves a tender fillet of turbot topped with the fish’s crispy skin that’s reminiscent of pork cracklings. Sarah Kuta, Robb Report, 19 Oct. 2022 Hits include the Isle of Mull diver scallops with apple, Persian lemons and wasabi, whole roasted turbot and spinach and broccoli filo tart. Shivani Vora, Robb Report, 18 July 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French turbut

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of turbot was in the 14th century

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“Turbot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turbot. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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