(Science: zoology) a fresh water fish of the genus Lota, having on the nose two very small barbels, and a larger one on the chin.

alternative forms: burbolt.

The fish is also called an eelpout or ling, and is allied to the codfish. The Lota vulgaris is a common European species. An American species (L. Maculosa) is found in new England, the Great lakes, and farther north.

Origin: f. Barbote, fr. Barbe beard. See 1st barb.

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