AskDefine | Define megrim

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Scaldfish \Scald"fish`\, n. [Scald, a. + fish.] (Zool.) A European flounder (Arnoglossus laterna, or Psetta arnoglossa); -- called also megrim, and smooth sole. [1913 Webster]
Megrim \Me"grim\, n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Zool.) The British smooth sole, or scaldfish (Psetta arnoglossa). [1913 Webster]
Megrim \Me"grim\, n. [OE. migrim, migrene, F. migraine, LL. hemigrania, L. hemicrania, hemicranium, Gr. ?; ?- half + ? skull. See Hemi- and Cranium, and cf. Hemicrania, Migraine.]
A kind of sick or nervous headache, usually periodical and confined to one side of the head; now more commonly called migraine headache or migraine. [1913 Webster +PJC]
A fancy; a whim; a freak; a humor; esp., in the plural, lowness of spirits. [1913 Webster] These are his megrims, firks, and melancholies. --Ford. [1913 Webster]
pl. (Far.) A sudden vertigo in a horse, succeeded sometimes by unconsciousness, produced by an excess of blood in the brain; a mild form of apoplexy. --Youatt. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

megrim n : a severe recurring vascular headache; occurs more frequently in women than men [syn: migraine, sick headache, hemicrania]



  1. A migraine.
  2. A fancy, a whim, a freak, a caprice.
  3. Usually in the plural, any of various diseases of animals, especially horses, marked by a disturbance of equilibrium and abnormal gait and behaviour such as staggers or a sudden vertigo, sometimes followed by unconsciousness.
  4. Usually in the plural - depression, low spirits, unhappiness.
  5. A type of European deep water flatfish.


The megrim or whiff (Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis) (Walbaum, 1792) is a species of left-eyed Flatfish found in European seas between 100 and 700 metres below sea level. It is caught commercially in some countries.


It can grow up to 60 cm in length. It is left-eyed, has a slightly larger head than usual in flatfish, and with a narrower body than usual.


The megrim prefers a sandy or muddy sea floor, and eats small fish, as well as squid and crustaceans. The species spawns in deep waters off Iceland the West of the British Isles, and the Mediterranean sea.
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