a small sturgeon, Acipenser ruthenus, of the Black and Caspian seas, valued as a source of caviar.

Nearby words

  1. sterilely,
  2. sterility,
  3. sterilization,
  4. sterilize,
  5. sterilizer,
  6. sterling,
  7. sterling area,
  8. sterling bloc,
  9. sterling heights,
  10. sterling silver

Origin of sterlet

1585–95; < Russian stérlyad', Old Russian sterlyagi (plural) < German Störling a small sturgeon, equivalent to Stör sturgeon (Middle High German stör(e), stür(e), Old High German stur(i)o; cf. sturgeon) + -ling -ling1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sterlet



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

Word Origin for sterlet

C16: from Russian sterlyad, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German sturio sturgeon

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