|—vb , dabs, dabbing, dabbed|
|1.||to touch lightly and quickly|
|2.||(tr) to daub with short tapping strokes: to dab the wall with paint|
|3.||(tr) to apply (paint, cream, etc) with short tapping strokes|
|4.||a small amount, esp of something soft or moist: a dab of ink|
|5.||a small light stroke or tap, as with the hand|
|6.||chiefly (Brit) (often plural) a slang word for fingerprint|
|[C14: of imitative origin]|
|1.||a small common European brown flatfish, Limanda limanda, covered with rough toothed scales: family Pleuronectidae: a food fish|
|2.||(often plural) Compare sand dab any of various other small flatfish, esp flounders|
|3.||Also called: patiki a sand flounder, Rhombosolea plebia, common around New Zealand's South Island|
|[C15: from Anglo-French dabbe, of uncertain origin]|
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Dictionary of American Biography
any of the flatfishes of the genus Limanda, family Pleuronectidae, found in the North Atlantic and North Pacific. Dabs are right-eyed flatfish-i.e., the eyes are usually on the right side of the head. The dab of European waters is L. limanda, an abundant and valuable food fish. It is small, usually under 25 cm (10 inches) long, and light brown, with or without dark spots.
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