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A fish of the order Pleuronectiformes or the suborder Pleuronectoidei; a flatfish.
Resembling flatfishes of the genus Pleuronectes; of or relating to the order Pleuronectiformes or the suborder Pleuronectoidei.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Theodore Gill (1837–1914). From scientific Latin Pleuronectes + -oid. With use as noun compare slightly earlier pleuronect and pleuronectid; with use as adjective compare slightly later pleuronectid.
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