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ˈhæl ə bət, ˈhɒl-hal·ibut

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. halibutnoun

    lean flesh of very large flatfish of Atlantic or Pacific

  2. halibut, holibutnoun

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


  1. halibutnoun

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Halibutnoun

    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

    Etymology: [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.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Halibut

    hal′i-but, n. the largest kind of flat-fishes, in form more elongated than the flounder or the turbot.—Also Hol′ibut. [M. E. hali, holy, and butte, a flounder, plaice, the fish being much eaten on fast or holy days; cf. Dut. heilbot, Ger. heilbutt.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. halibut

    A large oceanic bank fish, Hippoglossus vulgaris, weighing from 300 to 500 lbs. particularly off Newfoundland; it resembles plaice, and is excellent food, nor does it easily putrefy.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of halibut in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of halibut in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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  1. Gary Huckle:

    We are in the process of cutting it up now but I think we will get 75 kg (165 pounds) out of that, you do get a bit of weight loss with halibut.

  2. Joana Carmo:

    Anisakis can infect salmon, herring, cod, mackerel, squids, halibut and red snapper.

  3. Gary Huckle:

    I’ve been a fishmonger for 35 years and I have never seen a halibut this size, i’ve done big fish before but this is off the scale. It’s the biggest Scottish fish I have ever seen.

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