Halibut Hal"i*but (h[o^]l"[i^]*b[u^]t; 277), n. [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}.] (Zo["o]l.) 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}.] [1913 Webster]

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  • halibut — [hal′ə bət; ] also [ häl′ə bət] n. pl. halibut or halibuts [ME halybutte < hali, holy + butt, a flounder (so called because eaten on holidays): see HOLY + BUTT1] any of a genus (Hippoglossus, family Pleuronectidae) of large, edible flounders… …   English World dictionary

  • halibut — large flatfish, early 15c., perhaps from hali holy (see HOLY (Cf. holy)) + butte flatfish; supposedly so called from its being eaten on holy days (Cf. cognate Du. heilbot, Low Ger. heilbutt, Swed. helgeflundra, Dan. helleflynder). The second… …   Etymology dictionary

  • halibut — /ˈalibut, ingl. ˈhælɪbət/ [vc. ingl., in ingl. halybutte «pesce piatto (butte), che si mangia in giorno festivo (haly, oggi holy)»] s. m. inv. (zool.) ippoglosso …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • halibut — ► NOUN (pl. same) ▪ a large marine flatfish, used as food. ORIGIN from obsolete haly «holy» + butt «flatfish» (because it was often eaten on holy days) …   English terms dictionary

  • Halibut — This article is about the flatfish species; for the United States Navy ships named Halibut see USS Halibut. Halibut tend to be a mottled brown on their upward facing side and white on their downside Halibut is a flatfish, genus Hippoglossus, from …   Wikipedia

  • halibut — /hal euh beuht, hol /, n., pl. (esp. collectively) halibut, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) halibuts. 1. either of two large flatfishes, Hippoglossus hippoglossus, of the North Atlantic, or H. stenolepis, of the North Pacific,… …   Universalium

  • halibut — ► sustantivo masculino ZOOLOGÍA Pez oval, plano, grisáceo, con ambos ojos en el lado derecho, cuyo hígado es rico en vitaminas A y D y que habita en los mares del norte (Hippoglossus hippoglossus.) * * * Cualquiera de varios peces planos,… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • halibut — [[t]hæ̱lɪbət[/t]] N VAR (halibut is both the singular and the plural form.) A halibut is a large flat fish. N UNCOUNT Halibut is this fish eaten as food …   English dictionary

  • halibut — UK [ˈhælɪbət] / US noun Word forms halibut : singular halibut plural halibut a) [countable] a type of large flat fish that lives in the North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans b) [uncountable] this fish eaten as food …   English dictionary

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