from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sturgeon (Acipenser ruthenus) of the Black and Caspian seas, used as a source of caviar.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A common Eurasian species of sturgeon (Acipenser ruthenus), one of the smaller species.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A species of sturgeon, Acipenser ruthenus.
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.