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 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 Fish caught there include flathead catfish, burbot, walleye, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 21 Jan. 2020 This means that a good night chasing burbot might witness 10, 15, or even 20 big fish coming topside. Dr. Jason Halfen, Outdoor Life, 2 Jan. 2020 Boil up some burbot chunks in 7-Up and dredge them with butter – a real show-stopper! Dr. Jason Halfen, Outdoor Life, 2 Jan. 2020 For all you trivia buffs, the answer is four: white sturgeon, bull trout, burbot and sockeye salmon. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, 19 Feb. 2018 All are apt descriptions for a 19-pound, 11-ounce eelpout (aka burbot, aka lawyer, lingcod, cusk and a host of other unbecoming nicknames) caught by Brent Getzler of Roosevelt. Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, 5 Jan. 2017

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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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“Burbot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burbot. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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