noun (plural halibut; also halibuts) Etymology: Middle English halybutte, from haly, holy holy + butte flatfish, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German but; from its being eaten on holy days Date: 14th century any of several marine flatfishes (especially Hippoglossus hippoglossus of the Atlantic and H. stenolepis of the Pacific) that are widely used for food and include some of the largest bony fishes

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  • halibut — {{/stl 13}}{{stl 8}}rz. mż I, Mc. halibutucie {{/stl 8}}{{stl 7}} drapieżna ryba podobna do flądry, ale dochodząca do kilku metrów długości i 3 ton wagi, występująca w kilku gatunkach w północnym Atlantyku i Pacyfiku, poławiana ze względu na… …   Langenscheidt Polski wyjaśnień

  • 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 — 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

  • 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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