(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.