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 (hăl′ə-bət, hŏl′-)
n. pl. halibut or hal·i·buts
Any of several large edible flatfishes of the genus Hippoglossus and related genera, of northern Atlantic or Pacific waters.

[Middle English : hali, holi, holy (from its being eaten on holy days); see holy + butte, flatfish (from Middle Dutch; see bhau- in Indo-European roots).]


(ˈhælɪbət) or


n, pl -buts or -but
1. (Animals) the largest flatfish: a dark green North Atlantic species, Hippoglossus hippoglossus, that is a very important food fish: family Pleuronectidae
2. (Animals) any of several similar and related flatfishes, such as Reinhardtius hippoglossoides (Greenland halibut)
[C15: from hali holy (because it was eaten on holy days) + butte flat fish, from Middle Dutch butte]


(ˈhæl ə bət, ˈhɒl-)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -but, (esp. for kinds or species) -buts.
any of various large edible flounders, esp. of the genus Hippoglossus.
[1350–1400; Middle English halybutte=haly holy + butte flat fish (< Middle Dutch); because eaten on holy days. compare Dutch heilbot]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.halibut - lean flesh of very large flatfish of Atlantic or Pacifichalibut - lean flesh of very large flatfish of Atlantic or Pacific
holibut, halibut - marine food fish of the northern Atlantic or northern Pacific; the largest flatfish and one of the largest teleost fishes
flatfish - sweet lean whitish flesh of any of numerous thin-bodied fish; usually served as thin fillets
2.halibut - marine food fish of the northern Atlantic or northern Pacific; the largest flatfish and one of the largest teleost fishes
flatfish - any of several families of fishes having flattened bodies that swim along the sea floor on one side of the body with both eyes on the upper side
halibut - lean flesh of very large flatfish of Atlantic or Pacific
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[ˈhælɪbət] N (halibut or halibuts (pl)) → halibut m, hipogloso m


[ˈhælɪbət] [halibut] [ˈhælɪbət] (pl) nflétan m


nHeilbutt m


[ˈhælɪbət] nippoglosso, halibut m inv
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At last we rose and dressed; and Queequeg, taking a prodigiously hearty breakfast of chowders of all sorts, so that the landlady should not make much profit by reason of his Ramadan, we sallied out to board the Pequod, sauntering along, and picking our teeth with halibut bones.
The readers of the Hosannah will re- gret to learn that the hadndsome and popular Sir Charolais of Gaul, who dur- ing his four weeks' stay at the Bull and Halibut, this city, has won every heart by his polished manners and elegant conversation, will pull out to-day for home.
Matkah taught him to follow the cod and the halibut along the under-sea banks and wrench the rockling out of his hole among the weeds; how to skirt the wrecks lying a hundred fathoms below water and dart like a rifle bullet in at one porthole and out at another as the fishes ran; how to dance on the top of the waves when the lightning was racing all over the sky, and wave his flipper politely to the stumpy-tailed Albatross and the Man-of-war Hawk as they went down the wind; how to jump three or four feet clear of the water like a dolphin, flippers close to the side and tail curved; to leave the flying fish alone because they are all bony; to take the shoulder-piece out of a cod at full speed ten fathoms deep, and never to stop and look at a boat or a ship, but particularly a row-boat.
This time he went westward, because he had fallen on the trail of a great shoal of halibut, and he needed at least one hundred pounds of fish a day to keep him in good condition.
Old Sea Catch, his father, saw him tearing past, hauling the grizzled old seals about as though they had been halibut, and upsetting the young bachelors in all directions; and Sea Catch gave a roar and shouted: "He may be a fool, but he is the best fighter on the beaches
The boys were tired long ere the halibut, who took charge of them and the dory for the next twenty minutes.
He had seen halibut many times on marble slabs ashore, but it had never occurred to him to ask how they came inland.
Save for Harvey's halibut, there was nothing over fifteen pounds on deck.
While consulting with the plant manager, John Whiddon, at Pacific Seafood in Kodiak, Duke determined that he needed 20 to 40 pound halibut which were bled and "Ice Chilled" immediately after capture and vacuum packed and frozen within twenty four hours to preserve freshness.
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