Beluga Definition

bə-lo͝ogə
belugas
noun
belugas
A small toothed whale (Delphinapterus leucas) chiefly of the Arctic Ocean, having a bulbous forehead and a white body when full-grown.
American Heritage
A large, white sturgeon (Huso huso) of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.
Webster's New World
A large white anadromous sturgeon (Huso huso) of the Black and Caspian Seas, valued for its roe.
American Heritage
A large, white toothed whale (Delphinapterus leucas) of northern seas: it is in the same family (Monodontidae) as the narwhal.
Webster's New World
Caviar made from the roe of this fish, having large grayish grains.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Beluga

Noun

Singular:
beluga
Plural:
belugas

Origin of Beluga

  • 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".

    From Wiktionary

  • Russian belukha white whale, beluga sturgeon belyĭ white bhel-1 in Indo-European roots -uga, -ukha augmentative suff.

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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