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Beluga (sturgeon)

The beluga or European sturgeon (Huso huso) is a species of anadromous fish in the sturgeon family ( Acipenseridae) of order Acipenseriformes. It is found primarily in the Caspian and Black Sea basins, and occasionally in the Adriatic Sea. Heavily fished for the female's valuable roe—known as beluga caviar— the beluga is a huge and late-maturing fish that can live for 118 years. The species' numbers have been greatly reduced by overfishing and poaching, prompting many governments to enact restrictions on its trade.

The common name for the sturgeon, as for the unrelated beluga whale, is derived from the Russian word белый (belyy), meaning "white".

Beluga (restaurant)

Beluga is a restaurant on Plein 1992 in Maastricht, Netherlands. It is a fine dining restaurant that is awarded two Michelin stars from 2005 to present. It was awarded one Michelin star in the period 1998-2004. GaultMillau gave the restaurant a rating of 19.5 out of 20.

The restaurant was established by chef Hans van Wolde in 1997. Originally it was located in Havenstraat in the old centre of Maastricht. In 2001 the restaurant moved to the ground floor of a new building by Jo Coenen on the banks of the river Maas in the posh neighbourhood Céramique. In the Summer of 2011 Van Wolde started Beluga Beach Club in a park along the Meuse river, as a temporary project.

Gazetteer

Beluga, AK -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Alaska

Population (2000): 32
Housing Units (2000): 54
Land area (2000): 102.648548 sq. miles (265.858508 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.736225 sq. miles (1.906815 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 103.384773 sq. miles (267.765323 sq. km)
FIPS code: 06245
Located within: Alaska (AK), FIPS 02
Location: 61.133962 N, 151.164741 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Headwords:
Beluga, AK
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The Collaborative International Dictionary

beluga

Huso \Hu"so\, n. [NL., fr. G. hausen, and E. isinglass.] (Zo["o]l.)

  1. A large European sturgeon ( Huso huso or Acipenser huso), inhabiting the region of the Black and Caspian Seas. It sometimes attains a length of more than twelve feet, and a weight of two thousand pounds. Called also hausen and beluga. It is the source of the finest and most esteemed caviar.

  2. The huchen, a large salmon.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

beluga

1590s, from Russian beluga, literally "great white," from belo- "white" (from PIE *bhel-o-, from root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn;" see bleach (v.)) + augmentative suffix -uga. Originally the great sturgeon, found in the Caspian and Black seas; later (1817) also the small white whale (Delphinapterus leucas) found in northern seas.

WordNet

beluga

  1. n. valuable source of caviar and isinglass; found in Black and Caspian seas [syn: hausen, white sturgeon, Acipenser huso]

  2. small northern whale that is white when adult [syn: white whale, Delphinapterus leucas]

Wiktionary

beluga

n. 1 A cetacean, ''Delphinapterus leucas'', found in the Arctic Ocean. 2 A fish, (taxlink Huso huso species noshow=1), found in the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea, that is a source of caviar

Usage examples of "beluga".

The first of the mighty beluga sturgeon had just broached the stream when he gave the word.

They found Shimoda there, lying on a straining imitation-wood lounge, basking in the sun like a beached beluga.

The chief prosecutor made the introductions, one by one, in the formal Japanese manner, while waitresses in kimono and obi circulated with glasses of Louis Roederer champagne, beluga malossol caviar, and toro, the fat-webbed sushi Japanese loved.

Among the various foods Bond noticed two round five-pound tins of Beluga caviar and several terrines of foie gras.

Reach-around swingarms held a bewildering variety of refreshmentsfrom beluga on toast points to Roderer Cristal on tapfor those occasions when the Adventure feed was directed to the screen, rather than the induction helmet that hung over the back like the cap on an electric chair.

Among the various foods Bond noticed two round five-pound tins of Beluga caviar and several terrines of foie gras.

Raven, Elk, Griffon, White Bear, Beluga, Snow Tiger, Thunderbeast, and Gray Wolf.

Basko ate prime steak, Beluga caviar, Haagen-Dazs ice cream and Fritos soaked in ketchup.

Fish flapped in the sink, crustaceans clicked across the tiles and beluga dripped from the ceiling.

Sam told her, "except for the porpoises and a few others, like the belugas.

Kane’s first voyage, were those long-tusked little whales, and seals and walrus, and belugas everywhere.

Into the vista he was crowding everything Erasmus had described to him, the whales and belugas and seals and walrus churning through the water, the fulmars and guillemots whirring and diving, the murres and kittiwakes guarding their eggs from the foxes.

A long folding table has been covered with a red tablecloth and is jammed with pans and plates and bowls of roasted hazelnuts and lobster and oyster bisques and celery root soup with apples and Beluga caviar on toast points and creamed onions and roast goose with chestnut stung and caviar in puff pastry and vegetable tarts with tapenade, roast duck and roast rack of veal with shallots and gnocchi gratin and vegetable strudel and Waldorf salad and scallops and bruschetta with mascarpone and white truffles and green chili soufflé and roast partridge with sage, potatoes and onion and cranberry sauce, mincemeat pies and chocolate truffles and lemon soufflé tarts and pecan tarte Tatin.

The buffet consisted of Beluga Malossol caviar, pate de campagne, smoked Scottish salmon, oysters on the half shell, backfin lump crabmeat, crudites with a shallot vinaigrette dressing, and Cristal champagne.

A long folding table has been covered with a red tablecloth and is jammed with pans and plates and bowls of roasted hazelnuts and lobster and oyster bisques and celery root soup with apples and Beluga caviar on toast points and creamed onions and roast goose with chestnut stung and caviar in puff pastry and vegetable tarts with tapenade, roast duck and roast rack of veal with shallots and gnocchi gratin and vegetable strudel and Waldorf salad and scallops and bruschetta with mascarpone and white truffles and green chili soufflé.