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[hal-uh-buh t, hol-] /ˈhæl ə bət, ˈhɒl-/
noun, plural (especially collectively) halibut (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) halibuts.
either of two large flatfishes, Hippoglossus hippoglossus, of the North Atlantic, or H. stenolepis, of the North Pacific, used for food.
any of various other similar flatfishes.
Also, holibut.
Origin of halibut
1350-1400; Middle English halybutte, equivalent to haly (variant of holy) + butte flat fish (< MD); so called because eaten on holy days. Compare Dutch heilbot, German Heilbutt Unabridged
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  • Sol ordered the halibut with buttered peas and julienne potatoes.
  • Vast stocks of salmon and herring and halibut would perish next, naturalists feared, and with them an industry and a way of life.
  • We ate halibut cheeks that night with some fishermen who brought along a fiddle, two guitars, even a clarinet.
  • We couldn't believe how outrageously yummy these halibut skewers are.
  • Entree items include grilled halibut, battered shrimp tacos and fish and chips.
  • Charter boats depart from the resort's dock to guide visiting anglers to the best waters for halibut, salmon and ling cod.
  • You'll also find homemade chili, fresh salmon, halibut and grilled sandwiches along with several pasta dishes.
  • Watermark provides an array of seafood options, including pan-seared halibut and poached salmon.
  • For dinner have the roasted halibut served with wild mushrooms and a tomato vinaigrette.
  • Dishes include grilled halibut, filet mignon and steamed mussels.
British Dictionary definitions for halibut


noun (pl) -buts, -but
the largest flatfish: a dark green North Atlantic species, Hippoglossus hippoglossus, that is a very important food fish: family Pleuronectidae
any of several similar and related flatfishes, such as Reinhardtius hippoglossoides (Greenland halibut)
Word Origin
C15: from haliholy (because it was eaten on holy days) + butte flat fish, from Middle Dutch butte
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Word Origin and History for halibut

large flatfish, early 15c., perhaps from hali "holy" (see holy) + butte "flatfish;" supposedly so called from its being eaten on holy days (cf. cognate Dutch heilbot, Low German heilbutt, Swedish helgeflundra, Danish helleflynder). For second element see butt (n.4).

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