beluga

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n beluga small northern whale that is white when adult
    • n beluga valuable source of caviar and isinglass; found in Black and Caspian seas
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Beluga whales which are also called "white whales" are not born white. They are born grey in color, and by the age of six become completely white
    • Beluga (Zoöl) A cetacean allied to the dolphins.
    • Beluga the caviar obtained from the beluga{2}; -- also called beluga caviar. The caviar of the beluga is considered the finest sort, larger and of a taste superior to that obtained from other sturgeon. See also sturgeon and caviar.
    • Beluga the sturgeon (Huso huso) native to the Black Sea and Caspian Sea; -- also called hausen. It is valued for its roe, sold as caviar, and is also used for production of isinglass. See also sturgeon.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The beluga whale, otherwise known as the white whale, is nicknamed the "sea canary" because of the birdlike chirping sounds it makes.
    • n beluga The large white sturgeon, Acipenser huso, from the roe of which, sometimes weighing 800 pounds, caviar or botargo is prepared. The fish is from 12 to 15 feet in length, weighing in some cases 2,000 pounds or more. Isinglass is prepared from its swim-bladder.
    • n beluga [capitalized] [NL.] A generic name of the white whales: a synonym of Delphinapterus. The only species found in northern seas is B. arctica, leucas, or albicans, which from its color is commonly called white whale or whitefish. It is from 12 to 18 feet in length. The tail is divided into two lobes, lying horizontally, and there is no dorsal fin. In swimming, the animal bends its tail under its body like a lobster, and thrusts itself along with the rapidity of an arrow. It is found in the arctic seas and rivers, and is caught for its oil and its skin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The beluga whale is often referred to as the "sea canary" because of the birdlike chirping sounds it makes.
    • n Beluga be-lōō′ga the white whale, one of the dolphin family, closely allied to the narwhal, 12 to 16 feet long, of creamy-white colour, found in droves round Greenland and all over the Arctic seas: applied also to a great Russian sturgeon—the Acipenser Huso.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Russ. bieluga, a sort of large sturgeon, prop. white fish, fr. bieluii, white. The whale is now commonly called bieluka, in Russian
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

But you can approach without a qualm boiled beluga-skin, which is the skin of the white whale.
"The New North" by Agnes Deans Cameron
What Nairne calls a porpoise, is really the beluga, a small white whale.
"A Canadian Manor and Its Seigneurs" by George M. Wrong
It is almost the same as with the harpoons for the beluga.
"Steve Young" by George Manville Fenn
The net was of service, not only for fish and beluga, but also for ptarmigan and foxes.
"Short Sketches from Oldest America" by John Driggs
Newborn belugas are brown.
"Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Western North Atlantic" by Stephen Leatherwood
These hairs are not present in all Whales; they are absent, for example, in the White Whale or Beluga.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
The next captures were the American vessels, Winslow, Beluga, and Encore, which were either burned or sunk.
"Current History, Vol. VIII, No. 3, June 1918" by Various
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In news:

For $12, you can get the garden variety caviar, or you can pay $500 for Beluga.
Baby beluga whale dies after a rare and frantic Alaska rescue.
For $12, you can get the garden variety caviar , or you can pay $500 for Beluga.
Baby Beluga, Swim So Wild And Sing For Me.
What's for dinner ?Scientists figure out menu for summer visit of 25,000 beluga.
Beluga baby at the Shedd.
What's for dinner?Scientists figure out menu for summer visit of 25,000 beluga.
Baby Beluga, Swim So Wild And Sing For Me .
Beluga lentils with sofrito, American made chorizo ibérico.
SeaWorld San Diego's beluga whales Allua, age 29, and Ferdinand, about 43 years old.
I was on Facebook today and I saw this video of Mariachi Connecticut performing for a beluga whale at Mystic Aquarium, where they were performing during a wedding.
Trader Joe's Beluga Lentils ) or 8 ounces of canned black beans, drained and rinsed.
Lucy Mahan has announced the opening of her private practice in the Beluga Professional Building located at 3691 Ben Walters Lane, Suite 3, Office No.
Animal care and training specialist Mackezie Mueller working with The Georgia Aquarium's resident pregnant beluga whale Maris in the aquarium's tank in Atlanta, Wednesday, April 11, 2012.
Animal care and training specialist Mackezie Mueller works with The Georgia Aquarium's resident pregnant beluga whale Maris in the aquarium's tank in Atlanta, Wednesday, April 11, 2012.
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