redfin pickerel

redfin pickerel

See under pickerel ( def 1 ). Unabridged


[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 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
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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