Definitions for halibutˈhæl ə bət, ˈhɒl-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hal•i•butˈhæl ə bət, ˈhɒl-(n.)(pl.)-but; -buts.

  1. any of various large edible flounders, esp. of the genus

    Hippoglossus .

    Category: Ichthyology

Origin of halibut:

1350–1400; ME halybutte=halyholy+butte flat fish (< MD); because eaten on holy days. Cf. D heilbot

Princeton's WordNet

  1. halibut(noun)

    lean flesh of very large flatfish of Atlantic or Pacific

  2. halibut, holibut(noun)

    marine food fish of the northern Atlantic or northern Pacific; the largest flatfish and one of the largest teleost fishes

Wiktionary

  1. halibut(Noun)

    A large flatfish of the genus Hippoglossus, which sometimes leaves the ocean floor and swims vertically.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Halibut(noun)

    a large, northern, marine flatfish (Hippoglossus vulgaris), of the family Pleuronectidae. It often grows very large, weighing more than three hundred pounds. It is an important food fish

Freebase

  1. Halibut

    Halibut is a flatfish, genus Hippoglossus, from the family of the right-eye flounders. Other flatfish are also called halibut. The name is derived from haly and butt, for its popularity on Catholic holy days. Halibut are demersal fish which live in the North Pacific and the North Atlantic oceans. They are highly regarded food fish.

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