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 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, "10 Common Parasites and Diseases Found in Game Fish (and What You Need to Know About Them)," 27 May 2020 Fish caught there include flathead catfish, burbot, walleye, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Fishbrain app reveals the 10 best places to fish in metro Detroit," 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, "5 Fish You Might Not Have Caught Through The Ice But Should," 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, "5 Fish You Might Not Have Caught Through The Ice But Should," 2 Jan. 2020 For all you trivia buffs, the answer is four: white sturgeon, bull trout, burbot and sockeye salmon. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "Identifying this rare Idaho fish is tough. And it’s costly when you get it wrong," 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, "Fat burbot: MN man sets record for biggest eelpout. (That’s a fish.)," 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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18 Jun 2020

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“Burbot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burbot. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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