One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The turbot, Scophthalmus maximus.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in John Sinclair (1754–1835), agricultural improver, politician, and codifier of ‘useful knowledge’. From rodding (with reference to the copious spawn of the fish) + fluke.
rodden fluke/ˌrɒd(ə)n ˈfluːk/
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