pike-perch

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pike-perch any of several pike-like fishes of the perch family
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pike-perch A percoid fish of the genus Stizostedion (or Lucioperca), of elongate form, with a subconical head, and sharp canines mixed with the villiform teeth of the jaws and palate. The most common pike-perch in Europe is S. lucioperca. In the United States two species are common, in the upper Mississippi and Great Lake regions: S. vitreum, attaining a length of 3 feet, and a weight of from 10 to 20 pounds, and S. canadense, which is rarely over 15 inches long. (See Lucioperca.) The former is known as walleye, glasseye, wall-eyed or glass-eyed pike, gray pike, and jack-salmon. The other is called hornfish, sauger, and sand-pike.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pike-perch a common percoid fish
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. píc, piic, a pike; Dut. piek, Ger. pike, pieke; or Celt., as Gael. pìc, a pike, W. pig, a point.

Usage

In literature:

We have delicious salmon, pike, trout, perch, par, &c. at the door, for the taking.
"The Expedition of Humphry Clinker" by Tobias Smollett
Hearne writes of Lake Athabasca that it swarms with fish, such as pike, trout, perch, barbel, and other kinds not easily identified.
"Pioneers in Canada" by Sir Harry Johnston
Trout, pike, and perch fishing free; salmon and grilse fishing by arrangement.
"The Sunny Side of Ireland" by John O'Mahony and R. Lloyd Praeger
Villa Nova, you know, is perched on the top of quite a sizable hill, with a private road windin' up from the Pike.
"Torchy and Vee" by Sewell Ford
Carp is the chief stock; but tench and perch, eels and pike are raised.
"Highways & Byways in Sussex" by E.V. Lucas
We gave Canada six million pike perch fry.
"The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Then there are kinds known to every lover of angling, such as the perch and pike.
"Little Folks (Septemeber 1884)" by Various
Next to those should be ranked the white river-fish, which have scales, as pike, perch, gudgeon.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
Perch, pike, and eel are all eaten where nothing better is to be had; but the standing fish-course of inland Germany is trout.
"Home Life in Germany" by Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
Oh, without more ado, turned himself into a pike and pursued the perch.
"Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales" by Anonymous
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In poetry:

Pike and perch from the Suncook taken,
Nuts from the trees of the Black Hills shaken,
Cranberries picked in the Squamscot bog,
And grapes from the vines of Piscataquog:
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier
There the old smoked in silence their pipes, and the young
To the pike and the white-perch their baited lines flung;
There the boy shaped his arrows, and there the shy maid
Wove her many-hued baskets and bright wampum braid.
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Other game fish species targeted with test nets include yellow perch and northern pike.
Really, any white-fleshed fish–walleye, perch, pike, crappie–will do, the fresher the better.
Muskegon Lake giving up pike, perch.
According to the Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau, the lake has its highest numbers for perch, pike and walleye in the past decade.
The 115-acre lake at Independence Grove Forest Preserve , one of 16 fishing locations in the district, is stocked with musky, northern pike, black crappie, largemouth bass, channel catfish, walleye, bluegill and yellow perch.
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