Definition of burbot in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbərbət/


An elongated bottom-dwelling fish that is the only member of the cod family that lives in fresh water. It occurs in Eurasia and North America, but is almost extinct in Britain.
  • Lota lota, family Gadidae.
Example sentences
  • Other fishes, such as catfishes and burbots, probably eat the young shovelnose sturgeons.
  • Larger and deeper lakes, with oxygenated hypolimnions, will also have one or two larger salmonids, usually lake trout or landlocked Atlantic salmon, along with burbot and slimy sculpin.
  • In outdoor mesocosm experiments, we tested the effects of decreasing shelter availability due to autumn lake-level decrease on the behavior and the growth of two littoral benthic dwellers, the juvenile burbot and the stone loach.


Middle English: from Old French borbete, probably from borbe 'mud, slime'.

Words that rhyme with burbot

Herbert, sherbet, turbot

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Syllabification: bur·bot

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