The common name of a family of well-known fresh-water fish, abundant in the temperate parts of Europe, Asia, and America. They are strong fish, rapid swimmers, and the most voracious of fresh-water fishes, living mostly on other fish. They possess a long, sharp jaw or snout, which is like a pike or spear. The common pike occurs in the rivers of Europe and North America, and is accounted exceedingly wholesome.