white whale
Beluga Be*lu"ga (b[-e]*l[=u]"g[.a]), n. [Russ. bieluga a sort of large sturgeon, prop. white fish, fr. bieluii white. The whale is now commonly called bieluka in Russian.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) A cetacean allied to the dolphins. [1913 Webster]

Note: The northern beluga ({Delphinapterus catodon}) is the {white whale} and {white fish} of the whalers. It grows to be from twelve to eighteen feet long. [1913 Webster]

2. 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}. [PJC]

3. 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}. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • White whale — White White (hw[imac]t), a. [Compar. {Whiter} (hw[imac]t [ e]r); superl. {Whitest}.] [OE. whit, AS. hw[imac]t; akin to OFries. and OS. hw[=i]t, D. wit, G. weiss, OHG. w[=i]z, hw[=i]z, Icel. hv[=i]tr, Sw. hvit, Dan. hvid, Goth. hweits, Lith.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • white whale — white′ whale′ n. mam beluga 2) • Etymology: 1680–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • white whale — n. BELUGA (sense 2) …   English World dictionary

  • white whale — noun small northern whale that is white when adult • Syn: ↑beluga, ↑Delphinapterus leucas • Hypernyms: ↑dolphin • Member Holonyms: ↑Delphinapterus, ↑genus Delphinapterus * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • white whale — baltasis banginis statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Delphinapterus leucas angl. belugas and narwhales; belugas and narwhals; white fish; white porpoise; white whale vok. Beluga; Weißfisch; Weißwal rus.… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • white whale — Canadian Slang large, white moving company style wagon used to transport goods in a non combat environment …   English dialects glossary

  • white whale — noun Date: circa 1834 beluga 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • white whale — beluga (def. 2). [1680 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • white whale — type of large sea mammal …   English contemporary dictionary

  • white whale — noun another term for beluga (in sense 1) …   English new terms dictionary

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