American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various large ganoid freshwater and marine fishes of the family Acipenseridae of the Northern Hemisphere, having edible flesh and valued as a source of caviar and isinglass.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A chondroganoid fish of the order Chondrostei and family Acipenseridæ (see the technical names). There are 2 leading genera, Acipenser and Scaphirhynchops, or ordinary and shovel-nosed sturgeons. Of the latter there are 4 species, confined to the fresh waters of the United States and some parts of Asia, as S. platyrhynchus of the former country, 5 feet long. (See cut under
shovelhead.) The common sturgeon of the Atlantic, anadromous in Europe and North America, is A. sturio. Another, of the Atlantic coast of the United States, is the short-nosed sturgeon, A. brevirostris. The small or Ruthenian sturgeon, or sterlet, of some European waters is A. ruthenux. (See sterlet, with cut.) The great white sturgeon, beluga, or huso of Pontocaspian waters, is A. huso; this is the largest known, 12 or 15 feet or more in length, weighing 1,000 pounds or more, and an important source of isinglass and of caviar. The white sturgeon of the Columbia and Sacramento rivers is A. transmontanus, an important food-fish, of from 300 to 600 pounds weight. The green sturgeon of the same waters is A. medirostris, supposed to be unfit for food. An isolated and very distinct species, land-locked in fresh waters of the United States, is A. rubicundus, variously known as the red, black, stone-, rock-. lake-, and Ohio sturgeon; it reaches a length of o feet, and a weight of from 50 to 100 pounds. Nearly all the sturgeons are the objects of important fisheries, for their flesh, for various uses of their bony plated skins, and as sources of isinglass and caviar. Sturgeons rank with whales as regal or royal fishes (see regal). See also cut under Acipenser.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of large cartilaginous ganoid fishes belonging to Acipenser and allied genera of the family
Acipenseridæ. They run up rivers to spawn, and are common on the coasts and in the large rivers and lakes of North America, Europe, and Asia. Caviar is prepared from the roe, and isinglass from the air bladder.
- n. large primitive fishes valued for their flesh and roe; widely distributed in the North Temperate Zone
- From Old French esturgon, from Frankish *sturjo. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French estourgeon, of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Why anyone would want to catch a sturgeon is beyond me.”
“Dating to the Jurassic period and prized for its immense size and spectacular aerial fighting ability, the white sturgeon is known as the poor man's marlin.”
“Others are humorous ( "theodore sturgeon is alive and well for about $5").”
“La Prairie's caviar is extracted from the roe of Baerii sturgeon, which is grown on aqua-farms in France.”
“It's making me eel, and I may have to call a sturgeon to check me out.”
“The most common example of the ganoid fish is the sturgeon, which is heavily clad with a bony armor.”
“You were right this evening: the sturgeon was a bit too strong!”
“Of the fish called the sturgeon, we have more than can be consumed by all our company; but one cannot endure the flavor day after day, and therefore is it that we use it for food only when we cannot get any other.”
“The sturgeon is another more or less migratory fish, originally (like the salmon) of freshwater habits, but now partially marine, which ascends its parent stream for spawning during the summer season.”
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