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Pike

[pahyk] /paɪk/
noun
1.
James Albert, 1913–69, U.S. Protestant Episcopal clergyman, lawyer, and author.
2.
Zebulon Montgomery
[zeb-yoo-luh n] /ˈzɛb yʊ lən/ (Show IPA),
1779–1813, U.S. general and explorer.
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British Dictionary definitions for james a pike

pike1

/paɪk/
noun (pl) pike, pikes
1.
any of several large predatory freshwater teleost fishes of the genus Esox, esp E. lucius (northern pike), having a broad flat snout, strong teeth, and an elongated body covered with small scales: family Esocidae
2.
any of various similar fishes
Word Origin
C14: short for pikefish, from Old English pīc point, with reference to the shape of its jaw

pike2

/paɪk/
noun
1.
a medieval weapon consisting of an iron or steel spearhead joined to a long pole, the pikestaff
2.
a point or spike
verb
3.
(transitive) to stab or pierce using a pike
Word Origin
Old English pīc point, of obscure origin

pike3

/paɪk/
noun
1.
short for turnpike (sense 1)

pike4

/paɪk/
noun
1.
(Northern English, dialect) a pointed or conical hill
Word Origin
Old English pīc, of obscure origin

pike5

/paɪk/
adjective
1.
(of the body position of a diver) bent at the hips but with the legs straight
Word Origin
C20: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for james a pike
pike
"highway," 1837 shortening of turnpike (q.v.). Originally it meant the toll booth; it came to mean the road itself 1852.
pike
"weapon," c.1511, from M.Fr. pique "a spear, pikeman," from piquer "to pick, prick, pierce," from O.Fr. pic "sharp point or spike," perhaps ult. from a Gmc. or Celtic source. Alternative explanation traces O.Fr. word to L. picus "woodpecker." Also developed from O.E. pic "pointed object, pickaxe." Pike, pick, and pitch were formerly used indifferently in Eng. Pike position in diving, gymnastics, etc., attested from 1928, on same notion as jack-knife.
pike
"voracious freshwater fish," early 14c., probably short for pike-fish, a special use of pike (2) in reference to the fish's long, pointed jaw (cf. Fr. brochet "pike" (fish), from broche "a roasting spit").
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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