bur·​bot ˈbər-bət How to pronounce burbot (audio)
plural burbot also burbots
: 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 The Kootenai band in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, has a long-term program to restore burbot to the Kootenai River. Jim Robbins, New York Times, 11 July 2023 All species are stocked except for burbot. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 2 Jan. 2023 The primary culprit was the sea lamprey, a parasitic aquatic invasive species which devastated lake trout and burbot populations in the lake. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 23 Feb. 2023 After the non-native sea lamprey and alewife flooded into the lake, native lake trout and burbot were decimated. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 16 Oct. 2022 Lake Michigan historically had two top predator fish, the lake trout and the burbot. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 11 Sep. 2022 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

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of burbot was in the 14th century

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“Burbot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burbot. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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