Hal"i*but(hl"*bt; 277), n. [OE. hali holy + but, butte, flounder; akin to D. bot, G. butte; cf. D. heilbot, G. heilbutt. So named as being eaten on holidays. See Holy, Holiday.] (Zol.) A large, northern, marine flatfish (Hippoglossus vulgaris), of the family Pleuronectid. It often grows very large, weighing more than three hundred pounds. It is an important food fish.
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