Halibut is a common name principally applied to the two flatfish in the genus Hippoglossus from the family of right-eye flounders. Less commonly, and in some regions only, other species of flatfish are also referred
to as being halibuts.
The word is derived from haly (holy) and butte (flat fish), for its popularity on Catholic holy days. Halibut aredemersal fish and are highly regarded as a food fish.