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 for halibut
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Halibut \Hal"i*but\ (h[o^]l"[i^]*b[u^]t; 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.] (Zool.)
     A large, northern, marine flatfish ({Hippoglossus vulgaris),
     of the family Pleuronectid[ae]. It often grows very large,
     weighing more than three hundred pounds. It is an important
     food fish. [Written also holibut.]
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: lean flesh of very large flatfish of Atlantic or Pacific
      2: marine food fish of the northern Atlantic or northern
         Pacific; the largest flatfish and one of the largest teleost
         fishes [syn: halibut, holibut]

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