Origin of turbotMiddle English turbut ; from Old French tourbout, probably ; from OSwed törnbut ; from törn, thorn (akin to thorn) + but, butt (so named from the spines)
nounpl. turbot or tur·bots
- A flatfish, Psetta maxima syn. Scophthalmus maximus, of marine and brackish waters of Europe and North Africa, having a brown knobby upper side and prized as food.
- Any of various flatfishes or other fishes that are similar to this fish.
Origin of turbotMiddle English turbut, from Old French tourbout, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Swedish t&odie;rnbut : t&odie;rn, thorn + but, flatfish; see bhau- in Indo-European roots.
(plural turbot or turbots)