Definition of turbot in English:


Line breaks: tur¦bot
Pronunciation: /ˈtəːbət

noun (plural same or turbots)

  • 1A European flatfish of inshore waters, which has large bony tubercles on the body and is prized as food.
    • Scophthalmus maximus, family Scophthalmidae (or Bothidae)
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    • Unlike the turbot the upper body surface is covered with small scales, not the bony tubercles of the larger species.
    • The main fishery for the turbot in Atlantic waters is in the North Sea.
    • A highly valued food fish, the turbot lives along sand and gravel shores.
  • 1.1Used in names of flatfishes similar to the turbot, e.g. black turbot.
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    • As the Latin name suggests, the turbot is the largest species in its family reaching a metre or more in length.


Middle English: from Old French, of Scandinavian origin.

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