Definitions for belugabəˈlu gə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

be•lu•gabəˈlu gə(n.)(pl.)-gas, (esp. collectively) -ga.

  1. a large white sturgeon, Huso huso, of the Black and Caspian seas, valued esp. as a source of caviar.

    Category: Ichthyology

  2. Category: Mammals

    Ref: Also called white whale.

Origin of beluga:

1585–95; < Russ

Princeton's WordNet

  1. beluga, hausen, white sturgeon, Acipenser huso(noun)

    valuable source of caviar and isinglass; found in Black and Caspian seas

  2. white whale, beluga, Delphinapterus leucas(noun)

    small northern whale that is white when adult

Wiktionary

  1. beluga(Noun)

    A cetacean, Delphinapterus leucas, found in the Arctic Ocean.

  2. beluga(Noun)

    A fish, Huso huso, found in the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea, that is a source of caviar

  3. Origin: From the word белуга (in turn белый). In modern standard Russian белуга means the fish only (the "European sturgeon") and белуха a "white whale".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beluga(noun)

    a cetacean allied to the dolphins

Freebase

  1. Beluga whale

    The beluga whale or white whale is an Arctic and sub-Arctic cetacean. It is one of two members of the family Monodontidae, along with the narwhal, and the only member of the genus Delphinapterus. This marine mammal is commonly referred to simply as the melonhead, beluga or sea canary due to its high-pitched twitter. It is adapted to life in the Arctic, so has anatomical and physiological characteristics that differentiate it from other cetaceans. Amongst these are its unmistakable all-white colour and the absence of a dorsal fin. It possesses a distinctive protuberance at the front of its head which houses an echolocation organ called the melon, which in this species is large and plastic. The beluga's body size is between that of a dolphin's and a true whale’s, with males growing up to 5.5 m long and weighing up to 1,600 kg. This whale has a stocky body; it has the greatest percentage of blubber. Its sense of hearing is highly developed and it possesses echolocation, which allows it to move about and find blowholes under sheet ice.

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