oset·​ra (ˌ)ō-ˈse-trə How to pronounce osetra (audio)
variants or less commonly ossetra
: a golden or brownish caviar from a sturgeon (such as Acipenser gueldenstaedtii of the Caspian Sea) with roe somewhat smaller than the beluga and having a usually nutty flavor
also : the fish compare sevruga

Examples of osetra in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lane Turner/Globe Staff The Banks serves its own osetra caviar, and those not inclined to pay $140 for the full service with garnishes and blini can still have a taste: mother-of-pearl spoonfuls of the glistening eggs, with crème fraiche and chives, for $15. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 6 June 2023 Air’s Champagne Parlor dipping their mother-of-pearl spoons into farmed osetra from emerging markets like Italy and Uruguay, rather than eggs from mainstay exporters like Russia or Iran. Adam Erace, Fortune, 28 May 2022 And the first-course of lobster is accented with a tarragon sauce, which feels like an across-the-pond cousin of our guest’s famous Bernaise — along with a delicata squash ravioli and American osetra caviar. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2022 Even the online boutique Caviar Russe imports its osetra from a farm in Northern Germany. WSJ, 28 Oct. 2022 Modern French gastronomic offerings include sea trout, foie gras, lamb and Pointy Snout osetra caviar. Necee Regis, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 Part of that proposition means selling at a lower-than-market markup across its inventory, from entry-level Chinese kaluga to a rare golden osetra from the Netherlands. Caroline Hatchett, Robb Report, 13 Feb. 2022 Sample three different classic osetra caviars from three expert caviar producers—in Belgium, Israel and Italy—to note the subtle differences in color, texture and flavor. Megan Murphy, Robb Report, 21 Dec. 2021 According to Ilya Panchernikov the managing director of Caviar Russe—a high-end Madison Avenue restaurant which specializes in caviar—the three species of sturgeon which made caviar famous were beluga, osetra and sevruga. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 20 July 2021

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Word History


modification of Russian osëtr sturgeon

First Known Use

1753, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of osetra was in 1753

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“Osetra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/osetra. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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