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.