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.
- ‘Three dark mounds sit on my plate, glistening moistly: a fat teaspoon each of beluga, osetra and sevruga caviar.’
- ‘There is a budget version of the omelette - with only one ounce of the sevruga caviar it sets diners back just $100.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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).’
- ‘The fish he needs are the sturgeon - the beluga and the sevruga.’
- 1.1 Caviar obtained from the sevruga.
Late 16th century: from Russian sevryuga.
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