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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.

RELATED WORDS

mammal, porpoise, whale, grampus, dolphin, orca, whopper, cetacean, baleen, finback, rorqual, narwhal, cete, ceta, orc, sei

Nearby words

beltrami, eugenio, beltsville, beltsville small white, beltsy, beltway, beluga, belukha, belvedere, belvidere, belvoir castle, bely

Origin of beluga

1585–95; < Russian belúga (now regularly belúkha for the cetacean), equivalent to bél(yĭ) 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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Word Origin and History for beluga

beluga


n.

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.

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