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

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Around Lake Erie, only remnant populations of sturgeon spawn in the Niagara River and Detroit River watersheds. D'arcy Egan,, "Mighty sturgeon spawning in cleaner Cuyahoga River? Sewer district studies the possibility," 8 July 2019 The document reflects advancements in understanding of white sturgeon and changes that have taken place over the past two decades to help the fish rebound. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019 While the smaller California sea lions threaten the extinction of the Willamette Valley's wild winter steelhead runs, the Steller's pose an even greater vexation for sturgeon managers. Bill Monroe,, "Two-rod rule will be re-instated for Willamette spring chinook season," 24 Jan. 2018 The nova there is unctuous, The sturgeon’s like a dream. New York Times, "‘All Was Going Well When I Noticed a Rustling Under Some Shrubbery’," 17 June 2019 Lingenfelter's last sturgeon trip was more than a decade ago., "Monroe: Sailors hit Willamette River to battle sturgeon with Fleet Week in full swing," 8 June 2019 Despite caviar's reputation as a decadent indulgence, the idea of popularizing the succulent sturgeon roe represents a return to its roots as an everyman's food. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Pearl Street Caviar strives to bring pricey delicacy to the masses," 5 June 2019 Native fishers set up along the road near Bonneville Dam to sell the morning’s catch out of coolers: whole coho and Chinook, steelhead, even the occasional sturgeon. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 By day's end, arms were tired from landing more than a dozen sturgeon., "Monroe: Sailors hit Willamette River to battle sturgeon with Fleet Week in full swing," 8 June 2019

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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 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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