[pik-er-uhl, pik-ruhl]
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

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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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Word Origin & History

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
House specialties include fish and seafood such as pickerel and calamari,
  homemade bread and daily specials.
Pickerel is a carnivorous freshwater fish, a member of the pike family.
He is fairly tall and husky, and in pro- file vaguely resembles a pickerel.
The chain pickerel fishery is limited in terms of overall abundance, but favors
  a decent size structure.
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