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Heterosomata

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Heterosomata flatfishes: halibut; sole; flounder; plaice; turbot; tonguefishes
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • heterosomata A suborder of teleocephalous anacanthine fishes; the flatfishes: so called from their lack of bilateral symmetry. The group is represented by the families Pleuronectidœ, which contains such important food-fishes as the halibut, turbot, plaice, flounder, etc., and Soleidœ or soles. In Bonaparte's and Cope's systems of classification, the Heterosomata are ranked as an order of physoclistous fishes, with the ventral fins thoracic or jugular, and with the posterior cephalic region normal, but the anterior so twisted as to bring both orbits on one side of the head.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.pl Heterosomata het-e-ro-sō′ma-ta the flat-fishes
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. heteros, different, sōma, pl. sōmata, a body.