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[stur-juh n] /ˈstɜr dʒən/
noun, plural (especially collectively) sturgeon (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) sturgeons.
any of various large fishes of the family Acipenseridae, inhabiting fresh and salt North Temperate waters, valued for their flesh and as a source of caviar and isinglass: A. brevirostrum, of the Atlantic coast, is endangered.
Origin of sturgeon
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French esturgeon < Germanic; compare Old English styria, Old High German sturio (German Stör), Old Norse styrja


[stur-juh n] /ˈstɜr dʒən/
Theodore (Hamilton) 1918–85, U.S. science-fiction writer. Unabridged
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  • They have red firm flesh, and to eat are like sturgeon, they say.

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah William G. Burn Murdoch
  • sturgeon also was caught at a little later date, and bass and alewives.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • When we came to sturgeon Bay, I took a cut in through the bar.

  • "I think the sturgeon is at the bottom of it," was the reply.

    Hildegarde's Holiday Laura E. Richards
  • I remember a child, who on tasting the gristle of sturgeon, asked what gristle was?

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin
  • Once the sturgeon was very plentiful in the lakes and rivers of our country.

    Conservation Reader Harold W. Fairbanks
  • Fish abound in the lake, and sturgeon of large size are captured there.

    Condemned as a Nihilist George Alfred Henty
  • This river is full of sturgeon, as also are the two rivers of New Netherland.

  • I glanced at the sturgeon and for pleasure, I smacked my lips—it was so piquant!

    The Slanderer Anton Chekhov
British Dictionary definitions for sturgeon


any primitive bony fish of the family Acipenseridae, of temperate waters of the N hemisphere, having an elongated snout and rows of spines along the body: valued as a source of caviar and isinglass
Word Origin
C13: from Old French estourgeon, of Germanic origin; related to Old English styria, Old High German sturio
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Word Origin and History for sturgeon

c.1300, from Anglo-French sturgeon, Old French esturjon, from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German sturio "sturgeon," Old English styria), from Proto-Germanic *sturjon-; cognate with Lithuanian ersketras, Russian osetr "sturgeon." Of obscure origin, perhaps from a lost pre-Indo-Eeuropean tongue of northern Europe, or from the root of stir. Medieval Latin sturio, Italian storione, Spanish esturion are Germanic loan-words.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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