tur·bot | \ ˈtər-bət \
plural turbot also turbots

Definition of turbot 

1 : 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

2 : any of various flatfishes (such as Scophthalmus maximus or Reinhardtius hippoglossoides) resembling the turbot

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Early on a recent Tuesday morning, about 50 merchants gathered around gray and red cartons containing species like turbot, hake and plaice and called out bids. WSJ, "For U.K. Fishermen, Brexit Comes With a Catch," 27 June 2018 For a long, lazy lunch menu serve this pasta alongside sea bream crudo, tomatoes and haricots verts, grilled turbot, and tiramisù with cookies. Bon Appétit, Bon Appetit, "77 Easy Summer Weeknight Dinner Recipes So You Can Just Chillllllllllllll," 24 Apr. 2018 The chef is always trying to find fishermen to bring him things most people aren’t familiar with, such as Diamond turbot, kelp crabs, California king crabs, sea cucumbers and jellyfish. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Saison’s new tasting menu goes primal," 23 Feb. 2018 An epic turbot appeared — nearly three pounds of it! — dusted in flour and bronzed beneath an amandine hale of capers, nuts and brown butter lightened with fish stock that reaffirmed Vernick’s strong French roots. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Vernick Food & Drink still Philadelphia's best overall restaurant," 9 Dec. 2017 Turbot With Clams in Warm Vinaigrette Mr. Berasategui favors turbot for its flavor and flakiness, but any flatfish—such as sole or flounder—can be substituted. Benjamin Kemper, WSJ, "How a Chef With 8 Michelin Stars Cooks at Home," 12 July 2017 The skin on turbot caught in Portugal is seared to a satisfying crackle on a plancha and served with a simple lemon vinaigrette. Pete Wells, New York Times, "The Pool Strives to Deal With Its Famous Dining Room," 17 Oct. 2017 Try the turbot from Rye Bon Appetit, "Noble Rot," 13 Apr. 2017 The event stretched for nearly 3.5 hours as leaders and their spouses dined on turbot from the North Sea and Friesian beef cheeks, according to a menu published by The Associated Press. Sara Murray, CNN, "Parsing Trump's 2nd Putin meeting: 'Remarkable' and risky," 19 July 2017

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First Known Use of turbot

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for turbot

Middle English, from Anglo-French turbut

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

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English Language Learners Definition of turbot

: a large European fish that is eaten as food

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