2. [syn: halibut, holibut]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Halibut \Hal"i*but\ (h[o^]l"[i^]*b[u^]t; 277), n. [OE. hali holy
+ but, butte, flounder; akin to D. bot, G. butte; cf. D.
heilbot, G. heilbutt. So named as being eaten on holidays.
See Holy, Holiday.] (Zool.)
A large, northern, marine flatfish (Hippoglossus vulgaris),
of the family Pleuronectid[ae]. It often grows very large,
weighing more than three hundred pounds. It is an important
food fish. [Written also holibut.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: lean flesh of very large flatfish of Atlantic or Pacific
2: marine food fish of the northern Atlantic or northern
Pacific; the largest flatfish and one of the largest teleost
fishes [syn: halibut, holibut]