Halibut

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Halibut \Hal"i*but\ (h[o^]l"[i^]*b[u^]t; 277), noun [OE. hali holy + but, butte, flounder; akin to D. bot, G. butte; cf. D. heilbot, G. heilbutt. So named as being eaten on holidays. See {Holy}, {Holiday}.] (Zool.) A large, northern, marine flatfish ({Hippoglossus vulgaris}), of the family {Pleuronectid[ae]}. It often grows very large, weighing more than three hundred pounds. It is an important food fish. [Written also {holibut}.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

halibut

noun

1: lean flesh of very large flatfish of Atlantic or Pacific

2: marine food fish of the northern Atlantic or northern Pacific; the largest flatfish and one of the largest teleost fishes [syn: {halibut}, {holibut}]


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