Definitions for halibutˈhæl ə bət, ˈhɒl-
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hal•i•butˈhæl ə bət, ˈhɒl-(n.)(pl.)-but; -buts.
any of various large edible flounders, esp. of the genus
Origin of halibut:
1350–1400; ME halybutte=halyholy+butte flat fish (< MD); because eaten on holy days. Cf. D heilbot
lean flesh of very large flatfish of Atlantic or Pacific
marine food fish of the northern Atlantic or northern Pacific; the largest flatfish and one of the largest teleost fishes
A large flatfish of the genus Hippoglossus, which sometimes leaves the ocean floor and swims vertically.
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
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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