Definition of sand dab in English:

sand dab


  • 1A small flatfish which is found in the Pacific coastal waters of America, important in many places as food or game fish.

    Genus Citharichthys, family Bothidae: several species

    • ‘Chapter One starts with oysters, mussels and clams and subsequent chapters visit herring and shad, sablefish and butterfish, mahi mahi, halibut and sand dabs.’
    • ‘Two other species of sand dab are found in California but are of minor importance.’
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      another term for windowpane (sense 2)
      • ‘Many gadoid species, such as cod, haddock, silver hake, sand dabs, and witch flounder breed on Stellwagen Bank (or in nearshore coastal waters), but not over deeper Gulf waters.’