[ bur-buh t ]
/ ˈbɜr bət /
noun, plural bur·bots, (especially collectively) bur·bot.
a freshwater cod, Lota lota, of Europe, Asia, and North America, having an elongated body and a barbel on the chin.
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Origin of burbot
1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French bourbotte, variant of bourbete, derivative of bourbeter to wallow in mud, equivalent to bourbe mud + -t- frequentative suffix + -er infinitive ending
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Example sentences from the Web for burbot
Pike were also taken in the net, and a species of burbot (Gadus lota).The Young Voyageurs|Mayne Reid
The methy is another common fish; it is the gadus lota, or burbot, of Europe.
The burbot and grey mullet are occasionally eaten, but they taste of mud, and are not in request.Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon|J. Emerson Tennent
British Dictionary definitions for burbot
/ (ˈbɜːbət) /
noun plural -bots or -bot
a freshwater gadoid food fish, Lota lota, that has barbels around its mouth and occurs in Europe, Asia, and North America
Word Origin for burbot
C14: from Old French bourbotte, from bourbeter to wallow in mud, from bourbe mud, probably of Celtic origin
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