bur·​bot | \ ˈbər-bət How to pronounce burbot (audio) \
plural burbot also burbots

Definition of burbot

: a Holarctic freshwater bony fish (Lota lota) of the cod family having barbels on the nose and chin

Examples of burbot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to small amounts of pink and sockeye salmon, fishers in the Yukon River and its tributaries are also catching sheefish, grayling, burbot, pike, and whitefish. Victoria Petersen, Wired, 30 July 2022 Lake Michigan was barely recovering from an onslaught of invasive species, including the sea lamprey which had devastated the populations of the two top native predator fish, the lake trout and burbot. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 3 July 2022 As native lake trout and burbot were decimated in Lake Michigan by overfishing, pollution and sea lamprey parasitism through the early and mid-1900s, alewife numbers soared. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 8 June 2022 Several species of waterfowl, including Canada goose, wood duck, gadwall and American wigeon, flock to the island, and various fish populations, such as burbot, northern pike and largemouth bass, frequent its waters. Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2022 Snakeheads are easy to confuse with native fish such as the bowfin and the burbot, state officials said, releasing a chart that shows physical differences among the species. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Sep. 2021 The acoustic telemetry tracking study of 66 burbot in Bad Medicine Lake is showing predictable movements and clustering of the fish during their February-March spawning season. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, 14 Jan. 2021 In a fun twist of fate, van Brenk says that one of his friends previously held the record for burbot, but had lost it to the 2018 catch. Michael Hollan, Fox News, 19 Nov. 2020 The suction-cup mouth and teeth helps a lamprey burrow into (and feed on) the flesh of trout, sturgeon, whitefish, ciscoes, burbot, walleye, catfish, and salmon, among others. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 27 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of burbot

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for burbot

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Old French borbeter to stir up mud

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6 Aug 2022

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“Burbot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burbot. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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