be·lu·ga / bəˈloōgə/ •
n. (pl. same or belugas
) 1. a small, white-toothed whale (Delphinapterus leucas, family Monodontidae) related to the narwhal, living in herds mainly in Arctic coastal waters. Also called white whale. 2. a very large sturgeon (Huso huso) occurring in the inland seas and associated rivers of central Eurasia. ∎ (also beluga caviar) caviar obtained from this fish.
beluga (white whale)
Small, toothed Arctic whale
that is milky white when mature. It preys on fish, squid, and crustaceans and is valued by Eskimos for its meat, hide and blubber. Length: c.
4m (13ft). Species: Delphinapterus leucas. Beluga is also a type of sturgeon, whose roe is sold as caviar
Russian name for the white sturgeon (Acipenser huro
), whose roe forms the most prized caviar
great sturgeon; white whale. XVIII (in XVI bellougina)
. — Russ. belúga
(in the latter sense also belúkha)
, f. bélȳľ