[ stur-lit ]
/ ˈstɜr lɪt /


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

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

/ (ˈstɜːlɪt) /


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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