from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of pike, Esox nobilior, a fish of the family Esocidæ, the largest and finest of all pikes inhabiting the Great Lake region of North America and the Ohio valley.
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Over the gunwale of the banca, in a sparkle of flying spray, silvery in the morning sun, the maskalonge gleamed.
They lived for some days on the excellent flesh of the maskalonge, on clams from the beach -- enormous clams of delicious flavor -- on a new fruit with a pinkish meat, which grew abundantly in the thickets and somewhat resembled breadfruit; on wild asparagus-sprouts, and on the few squirrels that Stern was able to "pot" with his revolver from the shelter of the leafy little camping-place they had arranged near the river.
In the bigger waters, maskalonge and, of course, any amount of pike and pickerel.
Then _this_, "and he pointed at the maskalonge," broiled on a pointed stick, with a handful of checkerberries for dessert, and I think you and I will be about ready to begin work in earnest! "