Cod vs. Halibut

By Jaxson

  • Cod

    Cod is the common name for the genus Gadus of demersal fishes, belonging to the family Gadidae. Cod is also used as part of the common name for a number of other fish species, and some species suggested to belong to genus Gadus are not called cod (the Alaska pollock).

    The two most common species of cod are the Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua), which lives in the colder waters and deeper sea regions throughout the North Atlantic, and the Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus), found in both eastern and western regions of the northern Pacific. Gadus morhua was named by Linnaeus in 1758. (However, G. morhua callarias, a low-salinity, nonmigratory race restricted to parts of the Baltic, was originally described as Gadus callarias by Linnaeus.)

    Cod is popular as a food with a mild flavour and a dense, flaky, white flesh. Cod livers are processed to make cod liver oil, an important source of vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA). Young Atlantic cod or haddock prepared in strips for cooking is called scrod. In the United Kingdom, Atlantic cod is one of the most common ingredients in fish and chips, along with haddock and plaice.

  • Halibut

    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 are demersal fish and are highly regarded as a food fish.

  • Cod (noun)

    A small bag or pouch.

  • Cod (noun)

    A husk or integument; a pod.

  • Cod (noun)

    The scrotum (also in plural).

  • Cod (noun)

    A pillow or cushion.

  • Cod (noun)

    The Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua.

  • Cod (noun)

    The sea fish of the genus Gadus generally, as inclusive of the Pacific cod (ver=170710) and Greenland cod (ver=170710 or ver=170710).

  • Cod (noun)

    The sea fish of the family Gadidae which are sold as “cod”, as haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) and whiting (usually Merlangius merlangus).

  • Cod (noun)

    Other unrelated fish which are similarly important to regional fisheries, as the hapuku and cultus cod.

  • Cod (noun)

    Other unrelated fish which resemble the Atlantic cod, as the rock cod (ver=170710) and blue cod (ver=170710).

  • Cod (noun)

    A joke or an imitation.

    “I assume it all could just be a cod.”

  • Cod (noun)

    A stupid or foolish person.

    “He’s making a right cod of himself.”

  • Cod (adjective)

    Having the character of imitation; jocular. (now usually attributive, forming mostly compound adjectives).

    ““Illegitimi non carborundum” is a well-known example of cod Latin.”

    “Dalton categorises Muse’s latest composition as “cod-classical bombast”.”

  • Cod (adjective)


  • Cod (verb)

    To attempt to deceive or confuse.

  • Halibut (noun)

    A large flatfish of the genus Hippoglossus, which sometimes leaves the ocean floor and swims vertically.


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