[ tur-buht ]

noun,plural (especially collectively) tur·bot, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) tur·bots.
  1. a European flatfish, Psetta maxima, having a diamond-shaped body: valued as a food fish.

  2. any of several other flatfishes.

  1. a triggerfish.

Origin of turbot

1250–1300; Middle English turbut<Anglo-French; Old French tourbot<Medieval Latin turb(ō) turbot (Latin: top; apparently applied to the fish because of its outline; see turbine, turbit) + Old French -ot noun suffix

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/ (ˈtɜːbət) /

nounplural -bot or -bots
  1. a European flatfish, Scophthalmus maximus, having a pale brown speckled scaleless body covered with tubercles: family Bothidae . It is highly valued as a food fish

  2. any of various similar or related fishes

Origin of turbot

C13: from Old French tourbot, from Medieval Latin turbō, from Latin: spinning top, from a fancied similarity in shape; see turbit, turbine

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