Flatfish Flat"fish`, n. (Zo["o]l.) Any fish of the family {Pleuronectid[ae]}; esp., the winter flounder ({Pleuronectes Americanus}). The flatfishes have the body flattened, swim on the side, and have eyes on one side, as the flounder, turbot, and halibut. See {Flounder}. [1913 Webster]

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