nounpl. -·ga or -·gas
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 . Also called whitefish .b. Caviar made from the roe of this fish, having large grayish grains.
Origin of belugaRussian belukha white whale, beluga sturgeon belyĭ 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.