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sterlet

[stur-lit]
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noun
  1. a small sturgeon, Acipenser ruthenus, of the Black and Caspian seas, valued as a source of caviar.

Origin of sterlet

1585–95; < Russian stérlyad', Old Russian sterlyagi (plural) < German Störling a small sturgeon, equivalent to Stör sturgeon (Middle High German stör(e), stür(e), Old High German stur(i)o; cf. sturgeon) + -ling -ling1
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Examples from the Web for sterlet

Historical Examples

  • Our sterlet was nearly two feet long, and may have cost twenty or thirty dollars.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865

    Various

  • This day investigation dropped; reconsidered verdict states poisoning to have been by sterlet caviar.

    The Genius</p>

    Margaret Horton Potter

  • Still another is made of a fish called the sterlet, which is found only in the Volga, the principal river of Russia.

    Our Little Russian Cousin

    Mary Hazelton Wade

  • A favourite fish among the higher classes is the sterlet, a sort of sturgeon; soup is made of it, but it is very expensive.

    Fred Markham in Russia

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • There can be no doubt that the sturgeon or sterlet is meant by this term, for Platina calls the eggs of the fish “caviare.”


British Dictionary definitions for sterlet

sterlet

noun
  1. a small sturgeon, Acipenser ruthenus, of seas and rivers in N Asia and E Europe: used as a food fish and a source of caviar

Word Origin

C16: from Russian sterlyad, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German sturio sturgeon
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