from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Caviar made from the roe of either of two sturgeons, Acipenser gueldenstaedtii or A. persicus of the Caspian and Black Seas, having a yellowish or brownish color and a nutty flavor.

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  • noun Caviar made from the Ossetra sturgeon


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Russian osëtr, sturgeon (probably in its genitive form osetra), from Old Russian osetrŭ; akin to Old Prussian esketres.]


  • Hossein Aimani, an owner of Paramount, said he uses the term osetra for baerii because "in the last few years that's what the market has done," adding that he might rethink his labeling.

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  • "The term osetra is being used rather loosely these days, and while this may not be illegal, it is confusing to consumers," said Dr. Ellen Pikitch, the executive director of the

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  • On some labels, however, the name osetra is prominent, and the true species is seen only in the fine print, if at all.

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  • The company has been calling its transmontanus caviar "California Estate Osetra," but Ms. Mahone said, "We are dropping the term osetra from our labels.

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  • The government's forensics lab had determined through DNA testing that the shipment was mislabeled as pure "osetra" caviar.

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  • Then we ate a sampling from the kitchen: a mound of succulent Kobe beef, fried pork belly, sea scallops with osetra caviar, black grouper, blue prawns cooked at the table on a salt block, foie gras with a riesling-pineapple-coriander emulsion and Meyer lemon tart and crushed amaretti mousse with vanilla-bean meringue, washed down by Champagne (Krug, Clos de Ambonnay 1995), at one of the outdoor tables under a tent by the elaborately tiled pool. MoDo Does SoBe's Canyon Ranch

  • Notes of ginger, lime, rice-wine vinegar and a crisp, compressed cucumber accompanied the fish, with a dollop of golden osetra as a rich, salty, grand finale.

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  • Lobster with Buffalo mozzarella and osetra caviar made me rethink my ideas on cheese and shellfish, while the perfectly cooked grilled octopus won over more than one octopi skeptic at my table.

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  • Among those that made the cut: baby sea scallops from the coast of Labrador, topped with osetra caviar; a terrine of duck foie gras with apple-quince marmalade; sea bream with braised fennel and olives in a red-wine reduction.


  • It includes seared scallops with osetra caviar and potato-chive mousseline, a favorite of Bill Clinton's, and poached turbot with caviar-champagne sauce, which was prepared for Ronald Reagan in 1985.

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