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 It is now superseded by the bayonet.
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2. A pointed head or spike; esp., one in the center of a shield or target. Beau. & Fl.
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3. A hayfork. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Tusser.
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4. A pick. [Prov. Eng.] Wright. Raymond.
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5. A pointed or peaked hill. [R.]
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6. A large haycock. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
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7. A turnpike; a toll bar. Dickens.
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8. (Zol.) 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.
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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.
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Gar pike. See under Gar. -- Pike perch (Zol.), 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 (Zol.), a finback whale of the North Atlantic (Balnoptera rostrata), having an elongated snout; -- called also piked whale. -- Sand pike (Zol.), the lizard fish. -- Sea pike (Zol.), the garfish (a).
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