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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And the migrants’ interest was agriculture, not muscling a netted sturgeon out of a whirlpool. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 His menu ranges from classic Polish dishes like toothsome potato pierogies, smoked sturgeon served with a zingy citrus chutney, butter-poached cod, and smoked kielbasa, to more typically French Canadian dishes prepared with his inimitable twist. Isa Tousignant, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Montreal," 17 Aug. 2018 Paddlefish are one-of-a-kind, in the same family as sturgeon. New York Times, "Hooking the Dinosaur of Fish," 26 May 2018 But sturgeon are classified as threatened in Michigan. John Carlisle, Detroit Free Press, "How a party in Up North woods is helping Michigan sturgeon survive," 26 May 2018 Shovelnose sturgeon are not widely raised and take two more years to mature. Tristan Baurick,, "Controversial plan to farm Russian sturgeon in Louisiana moves ahead," 7 Apr. 2018 One hour and 45-minutes later, the great white sturgeon, measuring 10 feet long and weighing an estimated 600 pounds, surfaced. Maria Carter, Country Living, "You Have to See the 600-Pound "Dinosaur Fish" One 9-Year-Old Caught," 9 July 2015 As sea lion populations have increased, so have their forays into the Columbia in pursuit of salmon, steelhead and sturgeon heading up river to spawn. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "To protect salmon in the Columbia, will we have to kill more sea lions?," 6 July 2018 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

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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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