Pike Pike, n. [F. pique; perhaps of Celtic origin; cf. W. pig a prick, a point, beak, Arm. pik pick. But cf. also L. picus woodpecker (see {Pie} magpie), and E. spike. Cf. {Pick}, n. & v., {Peak}, {Pique}.] 1. (Mil.) A foot soldier's weapon, consisting of a long wooden shaft or staff, with a pointed steel head. It is now superseded by the bayonet. [1913 Webster]

2. A pointed head or spike; esp., one in the center of a shield or target. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

3. A hayfork. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] --Tusser. [1913 Webster]

4. A pick. [Prov. Eng.] --Wright. Raymond. [1913 Webster]

5. A pointed or peaked hill. [R.] [1913 Webster]

6. A large haycock. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell. [1913 Webster]

7. A turnpike; a toll bar. --Dickens. [1913 Webster]

8. (Zo["o]l.) sing. & pl. A large fresh-water fish ({Esox lucius}), found in Europe and America, highly valued as a food fish; -- called also {pickerel}, {gedd}, {luce}, and {jack}. [1913 Webster]

Note: Blue pike, grass pike, green pike, wall-eyed pike, and yellow pike, are names, not of true pike, but of the wall-eye. See {Wall-eye}. [1913 Webster]

{Gar pike}. See under {Gar}.

{Pike perch} (Zo["o]l.), any fresh-water fish of the genus {Stizostedion} (formerly {Lucioperca}). See {Wall-eye}, and {Sauger}.

{Pike pole}, a long pole with a pike in one end, used in directing floating logs.

{Pike whale} (Zo["o]l.), a finback whale of the North Atlantic ({Bal[ae]noptera rostrata}), having an elongated snout; -- called also {piked whale}.

{Sand pike} (Zo["o]l.), the lizard fish.

{Sea pike} (Zo["o]l.), the garfish (a) . [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Pickerel — Pick er*el, n. [Dim. of {Pike}.] [Written also {pickerell}.] 1. A young or small pike. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Bet [better] is, quoth he, a pike than a pickerel. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) Any one of several species of freshwater… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pickerel — [pik′ər əl] n. pl. pickerel or pickerels [ME < pik,PIKE3 + rel, dim. suffix] 1. any of various small, North American pike fishes (genus Esox) 2. WALLEYE (sense 5b) 3. Brit. a young pike …   English World dictionary

  • pickerel — (n.) late 14c., dim. of pike fish (see PIKE (Cf. pike) (3)), with pejorative suffix REL (Cf. rel) …   Etymology dictionary

  • pickerel — /pik euhr euhl, pik reuhl/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) pickerel, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) pickerels. 1. any of several small species of pike, as Esox niger (chain pickerel) and E. americanus americanus (redfin pickerel),… …   Universalium

  • pickerel — /ˈpɪkərəl/ (say pikuhruhl) noun (plural pickerels, pickerel) any of various species of pike, especially one of the smaller species, as the chain pickerel, Esox niger, and the mud pickerel, Esox vermiculatus. {Middle English pykerel, from pike1 +… …   Australian English dictionary

  • pickerel — Sauger Sau ger, n. (Zo[ o]l.) An American fresh water food fish ({Stizostedion Canadense}); called also {gray pike}, {blue pike}, {hornfish}, {land pike}, {sand pike}, {pickering}, and {pickerel}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pickerel — noun (plural el or els) Etymology: Middle English pikerel, diminutive of pike Date: 13th century 1. a. dialect chiefly British a young or small pike b. either of two fishes resembling but smaller than the related northern pike: (1) chain pickerel …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pickerel — a common name used by anglers for walleye (Sander vitreus, Percidae) but strictly speaking the name for the smaller species of the pike family, Esocidae Pickerel is the Middle English for a small pike …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • pickerel — pick•er•el [[t]ˈpɪk ər əl, ˈpɪk rəl[/t]] n. pl. (esp. collectively) el, (esp. for kinds or species) els. 1) ich any of several small pikes of the genus Esox[/ex] 2) ich the walleye, blue pike, or pikeperch 3) ich Brit. a young pike • Etymology:… …   From formal English to slang

  • pickerel — noun A freshwater fish of the genus Esox …   Wiktionary

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