American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sturgeon (Acipenser ruthenus) of the Black and Caspian seas, used as a source of caviar.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A species of sturgeon, Acipenser ruthenus. It is of small size and slender form, with a long sharp snout and fringed barbels, and from sixty to seventy lateral shields. It rarely reaches a length of two feet, and is generally not more than a foot long. It inhabits the Black Sea, Sea of Azof, Caspian Sea, and the rivers of Asiatic Russia, as well as certain rivers of Siberia. It is highly esteemed for its flavor, and its roe makes a superior caviar. Compare also cuts under
- n. A common Eurasian species of sturgeon (Acipenser ruthenus), one of the smaller species.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A small sturgeon (Acipenser ruthenus) found in the Caspian Sea and its rivers, and highly esteemed for its flavor. The finest caviar is made from its roe.
- From Russian стерлядь. (Wiktionary)
- Russian sterlyad', from Old Russian sterlyagi, of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“We understood the despair of Parisian gourmets and cooks, and we confirmed the verdict, provisionally announced at breakfast, that the sterlet is the king of all fish.”
“They swear by him, they offer him to you as they would a dish of choice sterlet.”
“With the second course, a gigantic sterlet (at sight of which Ilya Rostov blushed with self-conscious pleasure), the footmen began popping corks and filling the champagne glasses.”
“The bones are of a very glutinous nature, and can be easily masticated, while the taste of a sterlet is something between that of a barbel and a perch, the muddy flavour of the former predominating.”
“The annual produce of these Astrakhan fisheries -- sturgeon, sterlet, salmon, pike, shad, etc. -- amounts to 10,000,000 puds of fish (the pud thirty-six English pound weight) of the value of”
“Now we came to some fishing-huts, which were constructed on the frozen river, the traffic in the finny tribe which takes place in this part of Russia being very great, the Volga producing the sterlet”
“Our sterlet was nearly two feet long, and may have cost twenty or thirty dollars.”
“Then, after a Russian soup, which always contains as much solid nutriment as meat-biscuit or Arctic pemmican, came the glory of the repast, a mighty _sterlet_, which was swimming in Volga water when we took our seats at the table.”
“Of fresh-water fish, the sturgeon (_Acipenser sturio_ and _A. huso_), sterlet, salmon (_Salmo hucho_), and carp are found in the Danube; the mountain streams abound in trout.”
“This day investigation dropped; reconsidered verdict states poisoning to have been by sterlet caviar.”
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