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[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.
Origin of pickerel
1300-50; Middle English pickerel. See pike1, -erel Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pickerel
  • 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.
  • In the past this pond has been known for producing large pickerel, though the species was not particularly abundant.
  • Chain pickerel and white perch are abundant and offer good action for winter and summer anglers.
  • One of the largest surprises of the survey came in the way of the chain pickerel.
British Dictionary definitions for 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 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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