stur·​geon ˈstər-jən How to pronounce sturgeon (audio)
: any of a family (Acipenseridae) of usually large elongate anadromous or freshwater bony fishes which are widely distributed in the north temperate zone and whose roe is made into caviar

Examples of sturgeon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Algonquin people chose these names because bucks sprout new antlers and sturgeon fish were more easily caught at these respective points in the summer, per NASA. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Sep. 2023 Despite the inclusion of fish ladders within major dams, there are white sturgeon in rivers like the Columbia year-round these days. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 19 Oct. 2023 The Full Sturgeon Supermoon, named for the sturgeon fish that appear in the Great Lakes region in August, will reach its largest size at 2:32 p.m. ET, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Stephanie Vermillion, Travel + Leisure, 1 Aug. 2023 The full moon was given this name because sturgeons were most often caught around this time of the year. Marina Johnson, Detroit Free Press, 30 July 2023 Although the Almas caviar from an Iranian beluga sturgeon is recorded as the most expensive food in the world, an independent fish farmer says differently. Josie Goodrich, USA TODAY, 7 July 2023 There was once a brilliant sturgeon who was a flounder of and doctor in a community health fishility. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Apr. 2023 The moon will reach its peak at 2:32 p.m. A sturgeon is a prehistoric-like fish still around today, while rare. Marina Johnson, Detroit Free Press, 18 July 2023 Citizens serving with the guard embraced the program so much that sturgeon poaching cases became rare, according to the DNR. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 18 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French estourgeoun, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English styria sturgeon

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sturgeon was in the 13th century

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“Sturgeon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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stur·​geon ˈstər-jən How to pronounce sturgeon (audio)
: any of various usually large long-bodied fishes having a thick skin covered with rows of bony plates that are valued especially for their eggs which are made into caviar

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