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Coluber obsoleus at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Pilot \Pi"lot\, n. [F. pilote, prob. from D. peillood plummet,
sounding lead; peilen, pegelen, to sound, measure (fr. D. &
G. peil, pegel, a sort of measure, water mark) + lood lead,
akin to E. lead. The pilot, then, is the lead man, i. e., he
who throws the lead. See {Pail}, and {Lead} a metal.]
1. (Naut.) One employed to steer a vessel; a helmsman; a
steersman. --Dryden.

2. Specifically, a person duly qualified, and licensed by
authority, to conduct vessels into and out of a port, or
in certain waters, for a fixed rate of fees.

3. Figuratively: A guide; a director of another through a
difficult or unknown course.

4. An instrument for detecting the compass error.

5. The cowcatcher of a locomotive. [U.S.]

{Pilot balloon}, a small balloon sent up in advance of a
large one, to show the direction and force of the wind.

{Pilot bird}. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) A bird found near the Caribbee Islands; -- so called
because its presence indicates to mariners their
approach to these islands. --Crabb.
(b) The black-bellied plover. [Local, U.S.]

{Pilot boat}, a strong, fast-sailing boat used to carry and
receive pilots as they board and leave vessels.

{Pilot bread}, ship biscuit.

{Pilot cloth}, a coarse, stout kind of cloth for overcoats.

{Pilot engine}, a locomotive going in advance of a train to
make sure that the way is clear.

{Pilot fish}. (Zo["o]l)
(a) A pelagic carangoid fish ({Naucrates ductor}); -- so
named because it is often seen in company with a
shark, swimming near a ship, on account of which
sailors imagine that it acts as a pilot to the shark.
(b) The rudder fish ({Seriola zonata}).

{Pilot jack}, a flag or signal hoisted by a vessel for a

{Pilot jacket}, a pea jacket.

{Pilot nut} (Bridge Building), a conical nut applied
temporarily to the threaded end of a pin, to protect the
thread and guide the pin when it is driven into a hole.

{Pilot snake} (Zo["o]l.)
(a) A large North American snake ({Coluber obsoleus}). It
is lustrous black, with white edges to some of the
scales. Called also {mountain black snake}.
(b) The pine snake.

{Pilot whale}. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Blackfish}, 1.