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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Esocidae — the pike and related fish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A genus of fresh-water fishes, including pike and pickerel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of fishes, typical of the Esocidæ, formerly used in a very comprehensive sense, including representatives of diverse families, but now restricted to the common pike and closely related species. Also called Lucius. See cut under pike.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. type and only genus of the family Esocidae

Etymologies

New Latin, from Ancient Greek ίσοξ (isox, "unknown type of fish"), applied by Linnaeus to a pike. Transalpine Gaulish *esoks (compare Irish  ("salmon"), Welsh ehawc ("salmon")). (Wiktionary)

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