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Any of various flatfishes of the family Pleuronectidae, originally comprising all flatfishes but now restricted to the right-eye flounders, including plaice, dab, halibut, etc.
Of or relating to the family Pleuronectidae.
Mid 19th century. From scientific Latin Pleuronectes + -id, after scientific Latin Pleuronectidae, family name.
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