One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of numerous fishes constituting the teleostean order Pleuronectiformes, having flat bodies with both eyes on one side, swimming with the eyeless side down, and including sole, plaice, turbot, etc.; a flatfish.
Mid 19th century. From scientific Latin Pleuronectes, genus name (valid publication Linnaeus Systema Naturae I. 268) from pleuro- + Hellenistic Greek νήκτης swimmer.
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