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sturgeon

[stur-juh n] /ˈstɜr dʒən/
noun, plural (especially collectively) sturgeon (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) sturgeons.
1.
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
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French esturgeon < Germanic; compare Old English styria, Old High German sturio (German Stör), Old Norse styrja
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British Dictionary definitions for sturgeons

sturgeon

/ˈstɜːdʒən/
noun
1.
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
C13: from Old French estourgeon, of Germanic origin; related to Old English styria, Old High German sturio
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Word Origin and History for sturgeons

sturgeon

n.

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.

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