Origin of beluga
Examples from the Web for beluga
Break out the smoked salmon and beluga (post heat, of course).Wolfgang's Revolution, at Your Gates
July 28, 2009
The net was of service, not only for fish and beluga, but also for ptarmigan and foxes.Short Sketches from Oldest America
The spirits connected with the deer, the seal, the salmon, and the beluga are regarded by all with special veneration.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 3
Hubert Howe Bancroft
This is not produced, as is an additional finger found in the White Whale or Beluga, by a splitting of a finger.
Like the Beluga, Hyperoodon rostratum gets lighter in colour with advancing years.
The animal has a spotted colour; but, as in the case of the Beluga, old animals tend to become white.
- a large white sturgeon, Acipenser (or Huso) huso, of the Black and Caspian Seas: a source of caviar and isinglass
- another name for white whale
Word Origin and History for beluga
1590s, from Russian beluga, literally "great white," from belo- "white" (from PIE *bhel-o-, from root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn;" see bleach (v.)) + augmentative suffix -uga. Originally the great sturgeon, found in the Caspian and Black seas; later (1817) also the small white whale (Delphinapterus leucas) found in northern seas.