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pickerel

[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.
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 of pickerel
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English pickerel. See pike1, -erel
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pickerel

/ˈpɪkərəl; ˈpɪkrəl/
noun (pl) -el, -els
1.
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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n.

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

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