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[bur-buh t] /ˈbɜr bət/
noun, plural burbots (especially collectively) burbot.
a freshwater cod, Lota lota, of Europe, Asia, and North America, having an elongated body and a barbel on the chin.
Origin of burbot
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Middle French bourbotte, variant of bourbete, derivative of bourbeter to wallow in mud, equivalent to bourbe mud + -t- frequentative suffix + -er infinitive ending Unabridged
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  • The burbot is easily recognized by its single chin barbel.
  • Their goal is to put some severe fishing pressure on burbot.
  • Worldwide status of burbot and conservation measures.
  • Northern snakeheads look similar to the native burbot and bowfin.
  • Vaughn wrote a burbot news release and had one news interview and one radio interview.
  • More extensive fieldwork is necessary to identify lake trout, lake whitefish, and burbot spawning areas.
  • Ice fishing, including set lining for burbot, keeps anglers occupied during the winter months.
British Dictionary definitions for burbot


noun (pl) -bots, -bot
a freshwater gadoid food fish, Lota lota, that has barbels around its mouth and occurs in Europe, Asia, and North America
Word Origin
C14: from Old French bourbotte, from bourbeter to wallow in mud, from bourbe mud, probably of Celtic origin
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