- any of various large fishes of the family Acipenseridae, inhabiting fresh and salt North Temperate waters, valued for their flesh and as a source of caviar and isinglass: A. brevirostrum, of the Atlantic coast, is endangered.
Origin of sturgeon
- Theodore (Hamilton),1918–85, U.S. science-fiction writer.
Examples from the Web for sturgeon
Salmon, tuna, sturgeon, mussels, oysters, and sable are marinated and smoked using hickory and alder wood.Become a Fried Seafood Believer at South Beach Market
Jane & Michael Stern
April 20, 2014
They have red firm flesh, and to eat are like sturgeon, they say.From Edinburgh to India & Burmah
William G. Burn Murdoch
Sturgeon also was caught at a little later date, and bass and alewives.Home Life in Colonial Days
Alice Morse Earle
When we came to Sturgeon Bay, I took a cut in through the bar.Old Rail Fence Corners
"I think the sturgeon is at the bottom of it," was the reply.Hildegarde's Holiday
Laura E. Richards
I remember a child, who on tasting the gristle of sturgeon, asked what gristle was?Zoonomia, Vol. II
- any primitive bony fish of the family Acipenseridae, of temperate waters of the N hemisphere, having an elongated snout and rows of spines along the body: valued as a source of caviar and isinglass
Word Origin and History for sturgeon
c.1300, from Anglo-French sturgeon, Old French esturjon, from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German sturio "sturgeon," Old English styria), from Proto-Germanic *sturjon-; cognate with Lithuanian ersketras, Russian osetr "sturgeon." Of obscure origin, perhaps from a lost pre-Indo-Eeuropean tongue of northern Europe, or from the root of stir. Medieval Latin sturio, Italian storione, Spanish esturion are Germanic loan-words.