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ˈstɜr dʒənstur·geon

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sturgeonnoun

    large primitive fishes valued for their flesh and roe; widely distributed in the North Temperate Zone


  1. sturgeonnoun

    Any marine or freshwater fish of the family Acipenseridae that are famed for their roe.

  2. Etymology: From esturjon, from sturjô

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sturgeonnoun

    A sea-fish.

    Etymology: sturio, tursio, Latin.

    It is part of the scutellated bone of a sturgeon, being flat, of a porous or cellular constitution on one side, the cells being worn down, and smooth on the other. John Woodward.


  1. Sturgeon

    Sturgeon is the common name for the 27 species of fish belonging to the family Acipenseridae. The earliest sturgeon fossils date to the Late Cretaceous, and are descended from other, earlier acipenseriform fish, which date back to the Early Jurassic period, some 174 to 201 million years ago. They are one of two living families of the Acipenseriformes alongside paddlefish (Polyodontidae). The family is grouped into four genera: Acipenser (which is paraphyletic, containing many distantly related sturgeon species), Huso, Scaphirhynchus, and Pseudoscaphirhynchus. Two species (A. naccarii and A. dabryanus) may be extinct in the wild, and one (P. fedtschenkoi) may be entirely extinct. Sturgeons are native to subtropical, temperate and sub-Arctic rivers, lakes and coastlines of Eurasia and North America.Sturgeons are long-lived, late-maturing fishes with distinctive characteristics, such as a heterocercal caudal fin similar to those of sharks, and an elongated, spindle-like body that is smooth-skinned, scaleless, and armored with five lateral rows of bony plates called scutes. Several species can grow quite large, typically ranging 2–3.5 m (7–12 ft) in length. The largest sturgeon on record was a beluga female captured in the Volga Delta in 1827, measuring 7.2 m (23 ft 7 in) long and weighing 1,571 kg (3,463 lb). Most sturgeons are anadromous bottom-feeders, which migrate upstream to spawn, but spend most of their lives feeding in river deltas and estuaries. Some species inhabit freshwater environments exclusively, while others primarily inhabit marine environments near coastal areas, and are known to venture into open ocean. Several species of sturgeon are harvested for their roe, which is processed into the luxury food caviar. This has led to serious overexploitation, which combined with other conservation threats, has brought most of the species to critically endangered status, at the edge of extinction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sturgeonnoun

    any one of numerous species of large cartilaginous ganoid fishes belonging to Acipenser and allied genera of the family Acipenseridae. They run up rivers to spawn, and are common on the coasts and in the large rivers and lakes of North America, Europe, and Asia. Caviare is prepared from the roe, and isinglass from the air bladder

  2. Etymology: [F. esturgeon, LL. sturio, sturgio, OHG. sturjo, G. str; akin to AS. styria, styriga.]


  1. Sturgeon

    Sturgeon is the common name used for some 26 species of fish in the family Acipenseridae, including the genera Acipenser, Huso, Scaphirhynchus and Pseudoscaphirhynchus. The term includes over 20 species commonly referred to as sturgeon and several closely related species that have distinct common names, notably sterlet, kaluga and beluga. Collectively, the family is also known as the true sturgeons. Sturgeon is sometimes used more exclusively to refer to the species in the two best-known genera, Acipenser and Huso. One of the oldest families of bony fish in existence, sturgeon are native to subtropical, temperate and sub-Arctic rivers, lakes and coastlines of Eurasia and North America. They are distinctive for their elongated bodies, lack of scales, and occasional great size: sturgeons ranging from 7–12 feet in length are common, and some species grow up to 18 feet. Most sturgeons are anadromous bottom-feeders, spawning upstream and feeding in river deltas and estuaries. While some are entirely freshwater, very few venture into the open ocean beyond near coastal areas. Several species of sturgeons are harvested for their roe, which is made into caviar — a luxury food which makes some sturgeons pound for pound the most valuable of all harvested fish. Because they are slow-growing and mature very late in life, they are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and to other threats, including pollution and habitat fragmentation. Most species of sturgeons are currently considered to be at risk of extinction, making them more critically endangered than any other group of species.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sturgeon

    stur′jun, n. a genus of large Ganoid fishes, yielding palatable flesh, caviare from their roe, isinglass from their air-bladders. [O. Fr. esturgeon, from Old High Ger. sturjostōren, to spread.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. sturgeon

    Acipenser sturio, a large fish; it has a cartilaginous skeleton, with a small circular and tubular mouth. It is found in the European seas and larger rivers. The roes are made into caviare, and the sounds and muscular parts into isinglass. It is a royal fish in England.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sturgeon is ranked #3950 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sturgeon surname appeared 9,007 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Sturgeon.

    90.4% or 8,142 total occurrences were White.
    3.9% or 354 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.4% or 218 total occurrences were Black.
    1.6% or 151 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 80 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 62 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sturgeon in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sturgeon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Sturgeon in a Sentence

  1. Brad Stanley:

    The sturgeon does not want anything to do with humans, they are bottom feeders. But they do jump and will continue to jump with the warm water temperature.

  2. Inga Saffron:

    The difference being they were catching the sturgeon as they were migrating to spawn, not only did they kill the fish, they killed future generations of fish.

  3. June Sheaks:

    Everyone will tell you that Russian sturgeon caviar is the best, and since the quality of our caviar is so close, we feel like we're second.

  4. Tim Bale:

    He's got the fear factor now, nicola Sturgeon is the possible answer to his prayers.

  5. Land Management staffer Craig McCaa:

    Other people have mentioned everything from sea monster to giant sturgeon.

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