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chain pickerel

See under pickerel (def 1).
Origin of chain pickerel
1900-05, Americanism


[pik-er-uh l, pik-ruh l] /ˈpɪk ər əl, ˈpɪk rəl/
noun, plural (especially collectively) pickerel (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) pickerels.
any of several small species of pike, as Esox niger (chain pickerel) and E. americanus americanus (redfin pickerel) of eastern North America.
the walleye or pikeperch, Stizostedion vitreum.
British. a young pike.
1300-50; Middle English pickerel. See pike1, -erel Unabridged
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Examples from the web for chain pickerel
  • The pond offers excellent fishing for yellow perch and chain pickerel.
  • The sample revealed a fair number of chain pickerel along the shoreline.
  • One of the largest surprises of the survey came in the way of the chain pickerel.
  • The chain pickerel fishery is limited in terms of overall abundance, but favors a decent size structure.
  • chain pickerel and white perch are abundant and offer good action for winter and summer anglers.
  • Catch rates for chain pickerel have been high though large fish are uncommon.
  • chain pickerel, on the other hand are relatively rare.
British Dictionary definitions for chain pickerel


/ˈpɪkərəl; ˈpɪkrəl/
noun (pl) -el, -els
any of several North American freshwater game fishes, such as Esox americanus and E. niger: family Esocidae (pikes, walleye, etc)
Word Origin
C14: a small pike; diminutive of pike1
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Word Origin and History for chain pickerel



"young pike," late 13c., diminutive of pike, the fish (see pike (n.3)), with French pejorative suffix -rel; perhaps formed in Anglo-French.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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