halibut

noun
hal·​i·​but | \ˈha-lə-bət also ˈhä- \
plural halibut also halibuts

Definition of halibut 

: any of several marine flatfishes (especially Hippoglossus hippoglossus of the Atlantic and H. stenolepis of the Pacific) that are widely used for food and include some of the largest bony fishes

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Among the different kinds of fish found in the world’s oceans is a group called the flatfish. Flatfish are well named, for they have flattened bodies with both eyes on the upper side of the head. In Middle English the word for flatfish was butte. During the Middle Ages, fish was often eaten on holy days in place of meat. The most popular fish for the holy days was the largest variety of flatfish, or “butte.” Thus, this particular fish came to be called in Middle English halybutte, meaning literally “holy flatfish,” from haly, a form of holy, and butte. In modern English the spelling has been changed to halibut.

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Guests enjoyed a curated dinner, with charcuterie and halibut ceviche by chefs Marie Sadron and Aimee Hunter. Julia Russo, Vogue, "An Evening Under the Stars: We the Women Collective Hosts a Variety Show at the Venice Beach House," 18 Sep. 2018 Research has shown that the whales will eat other fish — chum, coho, steelhead, halibut and lingcod. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Struggling orcas heavily rely on urban chinook from Seattle-area rivers, new analysis shows," 24 July 2018 Now, the Smiths offer more excursions for halibut and clams, and also offer flyout fishing trips through other companies. Anchorage Daily News, "‘Pretty devastating’: After years of poor king salmon runs, renowned Kenai River sport fishing community adjusts," 7 July 2018 Toss the chickpeas gently with the salad, then transfer the salad to the platter next to the halibut fillets. Yotam Ottolenghi, The Seattle Times, "Yet another way to eat your spinach: try the Tunisian condiment pkaila," 18 Sep. 2018 There's halibut Sitka, made with chopped green onions in the mayo spread. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaskana recipe: Halibut Olympia a little better than you remember," 12 July 2018 Beautiful-quality halibut pairs with delicate shrimp agnolotti and a medley of spring vegetables. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Will Wentworth's cooking at Mordecai earn him another Michelin star?," 8 June 2018 Add 2 ½ tablespoons of marinade to a bowl with the halibut and mix well. Yotam Ottolenghi, The Seattle Times, "Yet another way to eat your spinach: try the Tunisian condiment pkaila," 18 Sep. 2018 Jennifer Backman, previously head chef at Spicer Mansion in nearby Mystic, Conn., bestowed East Beach blond oysters paired with Keel vodka, corn chowder with Stonington scallops, and halibut and Hopkins Farm lamb. Anthony Flint, BostonGlobe.com, "For an otherworldly splurge, beach polo at the Ocean House," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of halibut

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for halibut

Middle English halybutte, from haly, holy holy + butte flatfish, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German but; from its being eaten on holy days

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The first known use of halibut was in the 14th century

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halibut

noun

English Language Learners Definition of halibut

: a large fish of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans that is often eaten as food

halibut

noun
hal·​i·​but | \ˈha-lə-bət \
plural halibut or halibuts

Kids Definition of halibut

: a very large saltwater flatfish often used for food

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