stur·geon | \ ˈstər-jən \

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

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In one evening alone, Harrell catches five sturgeon that contain a combined two pounds of eggs. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky is swimming with potential to take over the US caviar market," 28 June 2018 Down below, sturgeon were passing through the water. John Carlisle, Detroit Free Press, "How a party in Up North woods is helping Michigan sturgeon survive," 26 May 2018 Melton was cited for possession of a white sturgeon during closed season. Christina Lords, idahostatesman, "A fellow angler told this man he couldn't poach a sturgeon. He did anyway and was cited by IDFG," 28 June 2018 Lake sturgeon, which also make a spring spawning migration up the Wolf, porpoise near the raft. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "They love fishing, so they set cabins afloat: Wolf River rafts are 'home' to some anglers," 20 June 2018 Morris blocked the project last July after ruling the Corps hadn’t properly analyzed the effects of the dam and bypass channel on the sturgeon. Washington Post, "Court lifts block on Montana dam in endangered fish dispute," 4 Apr. 2018 Over a century ago, pallid sturgeon were overfished for their eggs, which were sold as caviar. Kelsey Ryan, kansascity, "Worlds of Fun was sued for polluting. Then Missouri loosened its pollutant limits," 6 July 2018 Walleye is the marquee species, but Poygan also has yellow perch, white bass, black crappie, lake sturgeon and freshwater drum. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Lake Poygan ice provides a warm greeting to anglers," 6 Jan. 2018 Lake sturgeon can exceed 6 feet in length and weigh over 200 pounds. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Polishing a gem: Plan aims for St. Clair-Detroit River system improvements," 10 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of sturgeon

: a type of large fish that is eaten as food


stur·geon | \ ˈstər-jən \

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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