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 It is now superseded by the bayonet.
2. A pointed head or spike; esp., one in the center of a shield or target.
3. A hayfork. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
4. A pick. [Prov. Eng.]
5. A pointed or peaked hill. [R.]
6. A large haycock. [Prov. Eng.]
7. A turnpike; a toll bar.
8. Zool. 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.
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.
Gar pike. See under Gar.
Pike perch Zool., 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 Zool., a finback whale of the North Atlantic (Balænoptera rostrata), having an elongated snout; -- called also piked whale.
Sand pike Zool., the lizard fish.
Sea pike Zool., the garfish (a).
n : small finback of coastal waters of Atlantic and Pacific
[syn: lesser rorqual, minke whale, Balaenoptera