holibut

holibut

[hol-uh-buht]
noun, plural (especially collectively) holibut (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) holibuts.
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halibut or holibut (ˈhælɪbət, ˈhɒlɪbət)
 
n , pl -buts, -but
1.  the largest flatfish: a dark green North Atlantic species, Hippoglossus hippoglossus, that is a very important food fish: family Pleuronectidae
2.  any of several similar and related flatfishes, such as Reinhardtius hippoglossoides (Greenland halibut)
 
[C15: from haliholy (because it was eaten on holy days) + butte flat fish, from Middle Dutch butte]
 
holibut or holibut
 
n
 
[C15: from haliholy (because it was eaten on holy days) + butte flat fish, from Middle Dutch butte]

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