One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A common European flatfish of the plaice family. It is an important food fish.
Microstomus kitt, family Pleuronectidae
- ‘Seeing, let alone tasting, my main course of grilled lemon sole on leeks, asparagus and smoked haddock, it was apparent that something had gone wrong.’
- ‘The pub offers a wide range of food from cheese sandwiches to lemon sole.’
- ‘We heard the van's tires crush gravel as it rolled out of Whitestone to South Street Seaport, where Apa would buy fresh crates of lemon sole and mackerel from Fulton Fish Market.’
- ‘When it comes to the food, I like their lemon sole.’
- ‘Michael's main course of grilled lemon sole with langoustine butter was good, but not extraordinary.’
- ‘The lunchtime catch of the day was a whole lemon sole on the bone.’
- ‘In the end, Lili opted for the lemon sole with prawns and I went for the lamb and Guinness hotpot.’
- ‘Luvvie had the grilled fish, which included squid, lemon sole, juicy prawns, monkfish, crab claws and cod.’
- ‘For my main course, I had the deep-fried lemon sole, again lightly breaded, and served with a tartare sauce.’
- ‘Here, I have combined it with breadcrumbs and parsley to make a delicious crust for grilled fish such as whiting, lemon sole or sea bream.’
- ‘Caviar, lemon sole, fresh trout, angel fish, it's all here!’
- ‘This lemon sole is not the same fish as the American winter flounder, although the name has occasionally been applied to the latter.’
- ‘The food, though, remained a class apart, as I found when I ordered the roulade of smoked salmon and lemon sole.’
- ‘I made him dinner last night - lemon sole and asparagus, then cleaned his fridge, and taught him how to slice an avocado.’
- ‘Vicky's lemon sole was £13, also pretty reasonable.’
- ‘For a main course I was tempted by the lemon sole.’
- ‘They are the last remnants of a once-proud fishing industry, middle-water North Sea boats that fish for cod, plaice, haddock and lemon sole in an area that stretches down from Norway to the Thames.’
- ‘Some of the fish should be firm-fleshed and gelatinous like halibut, eel, and winter flounder, and some tender and flaky like hake, baby cod, small pollock, and lemon sole.’
- ‘When I ordered my lemon sole the waiter kindly asked if I would like it filleted, and it duly arrived cooked on the bone and then filleted.’
- ‘Once you have tasted a perfect lemon sole simply cooked you might be tempted to throw every cookbook out of the window.’
Mid 19th century: lemon from French limande, of unknown origin.
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