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beluga

[ buh-loo-guh ]
/ bəˈlu gə /
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noun

Also called hausen. a white sturgeon, Huso huso, of the Black and Caspian seas, valued as a source of caviar and isinglass.
Also called sea canary, white whale. a cetacean, Delphinapterus leucas, of northern seas, that has a rounded head and is white when adult.

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Origin of beluga

1585–95; <Russian belúga (now regularly belúkha for the cetacean), equivalent to bél() white + -uga, probably earlier *-ǫga (compare Czech pstruh,Polish pstrąg trout <*pĭstr- mottled + *-ǫgŭ a cognate suffix)
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beluga
/ (bɪˈluːɡə) /

noun

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 for beluga

C18: from Russian byeluga, from byely white
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