Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The typical genus of the family Acipenseridæ, including all the ordinary sturgeons (and with the shovel-nosed sturgeons, Scaphirhynchops, the only other genus, composing the family), characterized by the flattened tapering snout, a spiracle over each eye, and 5 distinct rows of bony plates.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • proper noun (Zoöl.) A genus of ganoid fishes, including the sturgeons, having the body armed with bony scales, and the mouth on the under side of the head. See sturgeon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the subfamily Acipenserinae — ganoid fishes, including the sturgeons, having the body armed with bony scales, and the mouth on the under side of the head.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun type genus of the Acipenseridae: sturgeons

Etymologies

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From Latin acipēnser ("sturgeon").

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