- a small sturgeon, Acipenser ruthenus, of the Black and Caspian seas, valued as a source of caviar.
Origin of sterlet
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Our sterlet was nearly two feet long, and may have cost twenty or thirty dollars.
This day investigation dropped; reconsidered verdict states poisoning to have been by sterlet caviar.The Genius
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.”
- 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
C16: from Russian sterlyad, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German sturio sturgeon