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 Every summer, from the Arctic Ocean to the Churchill River in southern Canada, waters flood with thousands of migrating beluga whales. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 July 2022 Natalie Cole performed, and servers passed beluga caviar and champagne. E.b. Solomont, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2022 Every year, around this time, around two-thirds of the world’s beluga whales migrate to southern Canadian waters. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 18 July 2022 Another goal of the beluga cameras is to monitor each whale's health. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 July 2022 The animal hospital is located on the second floor of the Shedd building, and a beluga can't be transported in the elevator. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 14 Dec. 2021 Kristen Monsell, oceans legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said the offshore region is home to the endangered beluga population, which has fewer than 300 whales left and could have been further threatened by oil spills. Katy Stech Ferek And Timothy Puko, WSJ, 12 May 2022 The Russians also use beluga whales and seals, Hutton says. Peter Weber, The Week, 30 Apr. 2022 In 2019, a tame beluga whale appeared in a Norwegian port near Russia. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 2 May 2022 See More

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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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“Beluga.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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