nounpl. (see fish) -·fish·, -·fish·es
any of an order (Pleuronectiformes) of marine bony fishes, including flounders and soles, having a laterally flattened, asymmetrical body with, as an adult, both the eyes and the mouth on the upper side
nounpl. flatfish, or flat·fish·es
Any of numerous chiefly marine fishes of the order Pleuronectiformes, including the flounders, soles, and halibuts, having a laterally compressed body with both eyes on the upper side.
(plural flatfish or flatfishes)
- Monterey Bay Habitats: Observe sharks, sturgeon, common murres, and flatfish in this 90-foot exhibit.
- Sandier areas may also bring rays and flatfish.
- New York was in 1904 more extensively engaged in oyster culture than any other state, and was making more rapid progress in the cultivation of hard clams. In 1909 there were distributed from state fish hatcheries 1 531,293,721 fishes (mostly smelt, pike-perch, and winter flatfish); a large number of fish and eggs were also placed in New York waters by the United States Bureau of Fisheries.
- The entrances to the inner lagoons of the Limfjord are naturally blocked against the immigration of flatfish by dense growths of sea-grass (Zostera), although the outer lagoons are annually invaded by large numbers of small plaice from the North Sea.
- The herring, cod, flatfish, mackerel and sprat are taken in the seas, and also great numbers of a small herring called striimnaing.