beluga

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noun be·lu·ga \bə-ˈlü-gə\

Definition of beluga

  1. 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. 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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Origin and Etymology of beluga

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


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