Atlantic sturgeon

noun

Definition of Atlantic sturgeon

: a sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus) occurring along the Atlantic coast of North America that is bluish-black or olive-brown above with a white belly and a long, V-shaped snout The Atlantic sturgeon, an almost reptilian creature that can reach 12 feet and weigh 800 pounds, was once caught in the [Hudson] river in such large numbers that it was nicknamed “Albany beef.”— Robert Worth, New York Times, 20 May 2001

Note: The Atlantic sturgeon ascends large rivers to spawn but spends most of its life in relatively shallow, coastal waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

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1884, in the meaning defined above

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“Atlantic sturgeon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Atlantic%20sturgeon. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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