sturgeon

noun
stur·​geon | \ ˈstər-jən How to pronounce sturgeon (audio) \

Definition of sturgeon

: 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 Biologists say there are 690 legal-sized sturgeon available for recreational anglers in the open area. oregonlive, "Oregon sets sturgeon retention fishing dates for Willamette River," 16 June 2020 And when the river temperatures are at their highest and jeopardy is the greatest for sturgeon fighting the hook before being released? oregonlive, "Bill Monroe: Oregon, Washington in standoff over sturgeon fishing in Columbia River estuary," 13 June 2020 No additional licenses or tags are required for salmon, sturgeon, halibut, crabs, clams, etc. oregonlive, "Oregon, Washington offer free fishing June 6-7," 29 May 2020 The suction-cup mouth and teeth helps a lamprey burrow into (and feed on) the flesh of trout, sturgeon, whitefish, ciscoes, burbot, walleye, catfish, and salmon, among others. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "10 Common Parasites and Diseases Found in Game Fish (and What You Need to Know About Them)," 27 May 2020 Boise: State wildlife authorities are investigating a poaching incident after a sturgeon carcass was found in the Boise River. USA TODAY, "Sinking a ferry, lifting a yoga ban, limiting cash bail: News from around our 50 states," 10 Mar. 2020 Both are closely related to the sturgeon family, of which 85 percent are threatened with extinction, making them the most imperiled group of animals, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. National Geographic, "The Chinese paddlefish, one of world's largest fish, has gone extinct," 8 Jan. 2020 In addition, many of the spawning areas where the DNR conducts sturgeon activities are currently closed due to the pandemic, according to Kalish. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The DNR won't collect musky or sturgeon eggs this spring, leaving a 1-year gap in the stocking program," 9 May 2020 The prehistoric behemoth is from the sturgeon family and looks like a mashup of a shark and platypus. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "Despite COVID-19 concerns, Indiana's Caviar King denied release from federal prison," 6 May 2020

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First Known Use of sturgeon

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sturgeon

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

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

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“Sturgeon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sturgeon. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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sturgeon

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English Language Learners Definition of sturgeon

: a type of large fish that is eaten as food

sturgeon

noun
stur·​geon | \ ˈstər-jən How to pronounce sturgeon (audio) \

Kids Definition of sturgeon

: a large fish that has tough skin and rows of bony plates and is often used for food

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