beluga

noun
be·​lu·​ga | \ bə-ˈlü-gə How to pronounce beluga (audio) \

Definition of beluga

1 : a large white sturgeon (Huso huso synonym Acipenser huso) of the Black Sea, Caspian Sea, and their tributaries also : caviar processed from beluga roe — compare osetra, sevruga
2 [Russian belukha, from belyĭ] : a toothed whale (Delphinapterus leucas) of arctic and subarctic waters having a fusiform body that is about 10 to 15 feet (3.0 to 5.0 meters) long and white when mature

called also white whale

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Examples of beluga in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps my favorite observation took place in the Canadian Arctic with beluga whales. Brian Skerry, Time, 8 June 2021 The day was filled with new aquatic friends, including a visit with a beluga whale, feeding time with some turtles and a private petting session with a Magellanic penguin. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, 1 June 2021 The friendly beluga whale became an Instagram star. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 21 Apr. 2021 Since the 1970s, the Cook Inlet beluga whale population has dropped dramatically, by about 80%. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 27 May 2021 The friendly beluga whale became an Instagram star. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 21 Apr. 2021 As the pod of beluga whales headed up the Kenai River, group members peered through camera lenses and binoculars. Anchorage Daily News, 28 Apr. 2021 In 2016, a mall in the southern city of Guangzhou drew international criticism for housing bears, beluga whales and walruses in small enclosures that were described as resembling a prison. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2021 The friendly beluga whale became an Instagram star. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of beluga

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for beluga

Russian, from belyĭ white; akin to Greek phalios having a white spot — more at bald

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12 Jun 2021

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“Beluga.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beluga. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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