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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 Proto-Celtic *esoxs (compare Old Irish (salmon), Middle Welsh ehawc (salmon)); usually also compared is Ancient Greek ἴσοξ (ísox, unknown whale-like fish), attested only in a vocabulary list.

Proper noun[edit]

Esox m

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