noun (plural same)
1A northern marine fish which is the largest of the flatfishes and important as a food fish.
- Genus Hippoglossus, family Pleuronectidae: H. hippoglossus of the Atlantic and H. stenolepis of the Pacific
- Two types of Omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) are found in fatty fish such as salmon, white tuna, mackerel, rainbow trout, herring, halibut and sardines.
- Fatty cold-water fish such as halibut, mackerel, herring, and salmon are good sources of EPA and DHA.
- The Cowries also run a fish filleting factory, and family contacts in Scrabster mean they sell a large range of fresh, unsmoked fish - from haddock and halibut to monkfish, mackerel and plaice.
1.1Used in names of large edible flatfishes of families other than the true halibut, e.g. Greenland halibut.
- In the N. and NE Atlantic region, especially Norway and Greenland, halibut (including dried strips of the flesh) has consistently been an important element in the diet.
- The California halibut is a flatfish with an oblong, compressed body and a large, powerful, broad tail.
- I ate smoked scallops with cauliflower purée and lobster vinaigrette; halibut with fricassee of oysters and artichoke dumpling; and creme brûlée and strawberry tartare with basil sorbet.
Late Middle English: from haly 'holy' + obsolete butt 'flatfish' (because it was often eaten on holy days).
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