Webster 1913 Edition
A young or small pike.
Bet [better] is, quoth he, a pike than a
Any one of several species of freshwater fishes of the genus
Esox, esp. the smaller species.
The glasseye, or wall-eyed pike. See
☞ The federation, or chain, pickerel (
Esox reticulatus) and the brook pickerel (
Esox Americanus) are the most common American species. They are used for food, and are noted for their voracity. About the Great Lakes the pike is called pickerel.
a blue-flowered aquatic plant (
Pontederia cordata) having large arrow-shaped leaves. So called because common in slow-moving waters where pickerel are often found.
Webster 1828 Edition