nounpl. -·bot or -·bots
any of various flounders, highly valued as food
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 Old Swedish törnbut törn thorn but flatfish ; see bhau- in Indo-European roots.
(plural turbot or turbots)