- a European flatfish, Psetta maxima, having a diamond-shaped body: valued as a food fish.
- any of several other flatfishes.
- a triggerfish.
Origin of turbot
Examples from the Web for turbot
Contemporary Examples of turbot
The white truffle and egg are one of my favorite combinations, as well as turbot being one of my favorite fish.Fresh Picks
July 6, 2010
Historical Examples of turbot
Can't let you have that turbot, sir, till I hear from Mr. Dunn.Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
He takes as the typical vertebra that of a Pleuronectid, probably the turbot.Form and Function
E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
It is told of the people of Amerdloq that they catch nothing but turbot.Eskimo Folktales
Very small hooks must be used for the turbot, as it has a very small mouth.Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others
James Alexander Henshall
The remains may be dressed la crme, as directed for the turbot (No. 54).The Gastronomic Regenerator:
- 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
- any of various similar or related fishes
Word Origin for turbot
"large flat fish," c.1300, from Old French turbut (12c.), probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Swedish törnbut, from törn "thorn" + but "flatfish;" see halibut). But OED says of uncertain origin and speculates on a connection to Latin turbo "spinning top."