Origin of belugaRussian ; from belyj, white a large, white sturgeon (Huso huso) of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea
Origin of belugaRuss beluxa < belyj, white a large, white toothed whale (Delphinapterus leucas) of northern seas: it is in the same family (Monodontidae) as the narwhal
- caviar prepared from the eggs of the white sturgeonalso called beluga caviar
- A small toothed whale (Delphinapterus leucas) chiefly of the Arctic Ocean, having a bulbous forehead and a white body when full-grown. Also called white whale.
- a. A large white anadromous sturgeon (Huso huso) of the Black and Caspian Seas, valued for its roe. Also called beluga sturgeon, whitefish.b. Caviar made from the roe of this fish, having large grayish grains.
Origin of belugaRussian belukha, white whale, and beluga, sturgeon : bely&ibreve;, white; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots + -uga, -ukha, augmentative suff.
From the Russian белуга (belúga) (in turn белый (bélyj, “white”)). In modern standard Russian белуга (belúga) means the fish only (the "European sturgeon") and белуха (belúxa) a "white whale".
- Alternative spelling of beluga.