Halibut meaning

hăl'ə-bət, hŏl'-
Any of several large edible flatfishes of the genus Hippoglossus and related genera, of northern Atlantic or Pacific waters.
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Any of a genus (Hippoglossus, family Pleuronectidae) of large, edible flounders found in northern seas, esp. the Atlantic species (H. hippoglossus), which may exceed 45 kg (c. 100 lb)
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A large flatfish of the genus Hippoglossus, which sometimes leaves the ocean floor and swims vertically.
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Origin of halibut

  • Middle English hali, holi holy (from its being eaten on holy days) holy butte flatfish (from Middle Dutch bhau- in Indo-European roots)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English haly (“holy”) + obsolete butt (“flatfish”), since the fish was often eaten on holy days.
    From Wiktionary