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 Oregon anglers participating in Washington’s free fishing must follow Washington’s law requiring catch record cards for sturgeon and salmon. Bill Monroe, oregonlive, 10 June 2021 This year, Talmadge said, the biggest turnouts have been for sturgeon. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, 6 May 2021 The typical lifespan is 55 years for a male sturgeon and 70 to 100 years for females, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Ed White, Chron, 30 Apr. 2021 At Bonneville, where Stellers are also a major threat to sturgeon, 21 Californias and 13 Stellers were taken. Bill Monroe, oregonlive, 29 May 2021 The American paddlefish, an odd-looking prehistoric creature found in the Ohio River, provides a high-quality substitute to the caviar from European beluga sturgeon, which has become more scarce due to overfishing. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, 27 May 2021 Female sturgeon can live up to 150 years while males only live between 50 and 60 years. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 May 2021 Lake sturgeon are freshwater fish that live in North America, from the Hudson Bay through the Mississippi River drainages. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, 7 May 2021 Regulations allow Minnesota anglers to keep one lake sturgeon per calendar year. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, 6 May 2021

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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Sturgeon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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