左鮃右鰈

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
ひだり
Grade: 1
ひらめ
Hyōgaiji
みぎ
Grade: 1
かれい
Hyōgaiji
kun'yomi

Etymology[edit]

Literally, "left [is] olive flounder, right [is] righteye flounder."

Idiom[edit]

左鮃右鰈 (hiragana ひだりひらめみぎかれい, romaji hidari hirame migi karei)

  1. The way to distinguish an olive flounder from a righteye flounder.  (ひらめ) (hirame, olive flounder) can be distinguished from  (かれい) (karei, righteye flounder) by noting that the eyes of the former are on the left and the eyes of the latter are on the right.