t. h. sturgeon

Sturgeon

[stur-juhn]
noun
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sturgeon (ˈstɜːdʒən)
 
n
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
 
[C13: from Old French estourgeon, of Germanic origin; related to Old English styria, Old High German sturio]

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sturgeon
c.1300, from Anglo-Fr. sturgeon, from O.Fr. esturjon, from a Gmc. source (cf. O.H.G. sturio "sturgeon," O.E. styria), from P.Gmc. *sturjon-; cognate with Lith. ersketras, Rus. osetr "sturgeon." Of obscure origin, perhaps from a lost pre-IE northern European language, or from the root of
stir. M.L. sturio, It. storione, Sp. esturion are Gmc. loan-words.
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