holibut
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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  • Holibut — Hol i*but, n. (Zo[ o]l.) See {Halibut}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • holibut — var. of HALIBUT. * * * noun marine food fish of the northern Atlantic or northern Pacific; the largest flatfish and one of the largest teleost fishes • Syn: ↑halibut • Hypernyms: ↑flatfish • Part Meronyms: ↑halibut * * * /hol euh beuht/, n., pl.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • holibut — /hol euh beuht/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) holibut, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) holibuts. halibut. * * * …   Universalium

  • holibut — /ˈhɒləbət/ (say holuhbuht) noun (plural holibuts, holibut) → halibut …   Australian English dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hippoglossus vulgaris — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — /ˈhæləbət / (say haluhbuht) noun (plural halibuts, halibut) 1. → Queensland halibut. 2. either of two species of large flatfishes, Hippoglossus hippoglossus of the North Atlantic and H. stenolepis of the North Pacific; the largest of the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • flatfish — noun 1. sweet lean whitish flesh of any of numerous thin bodied fish; usually served as thin fillets • Hypernyms: ↑saltwater fish • Hyponyms: ↑flounder, ↑sole, ↑fillet of sole, ↑halibut 2. any of several families of fishes having flattened bodies …   Useful english dictionary

  • halibut — n. (also holibut) (pl. same) a large marine flat fish, Hippoglossus vulgaris, used as food. Etymology: ME f. haly HOLY + BUTT(3) flat fish, perh. because eaten on holy days …   Useful english dictionary

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