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Definition of HALIBUT

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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}.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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