chain pickerel

noun
See under pickerel ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1900–05, Americanism

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pickerel

[pik-er-uhl, pik-ruhl]
noun, plural (especially collectively) pickerel (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) pickerels.
1.
any of several small species of pike, as Esox niger (chain pickerel) and E. americanus americanus (redfin pickerel) of eastern North America.
2.
the walleye or pikeperch, Stizostedion vitreum.
3.
British. a young pike.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English pickerel. See pike1, -erel

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pickerel (ˈpɪkərəl, ˈpɪkrəl)
 
n , pl -el, -els
any of several North American freshwater game fishes, such as Esox americanus and E. niger: family Esocidae (pikes, walleye, etc)
 
[C14: a small pike; diminutive of pike1]

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pickerel
1388, dim. of pike "fish" (see pike (3)). The -erel suffix was borrowed from O.Fr. -erelle, which sometimes has a derogatory sense (cf. dogerel, wastrel, etc.).
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Example sentences
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.
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