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[hol-uh-buh t] /ˈhɒl ə bət/
noun, plural (especially collectively) holibut (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) holibuts.
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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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