One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A migratory sturgeon found only in the basins of the Caspian and Black Seas, much fished for its caviar.
Acipenser stellatus, family Acipenseridae
- ‘The fish he needs are the sturgeon - the beluga and the sevruga.’
- ‘For penny pinchers, Norma's, the restaurant in Le Parker Meridien, offers an economy version of the frittata, a crustless quiche that contains 1 ounce of sevruga caviar.’
- ‘There is a budget version of the omelette - with only one ounce of the sevruga caviar it sets diners back just $100.’
- ‘Only the eggs of the sevruga - much smaller, harder, greyer and cheaper - taste like fish (which, Mme Mittelbronn reassures us, makes them a wonderful accompaniment to vodka).’
- ‘Three dark mounds sit on my plate, glistening moistly: a fat teaspoon each of beluga, osetra and sevruga caviar.’
- 1.1 Caviar obtained from the sevruga.
Late 16th century: from Russian sevryuga.
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