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Attested in Pliny the Elder's Natural History as a word for a large fish from the Rhine, but otherwise only in New Latin, applied by Linnaeus to a pike. Most likely, the scant Classical references to a fresh-water fish indicate that the word was borrowed from Celtic Transalpine Gaulish *esoks (compare Irish ‎(salmon), Welsh ehawc ‎(salmon)); usually also compared is Ancient Greek ἴσοξ ‎(ísox, unknown whale-like fish), attested only in a vocabularly list.

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Esox m

  1. A taxonomic genus within the family Esocidae – the pike and related fish.