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Origin of chain pickerel
An Americanism dating back to 1900–05
Definition for chain pickerel (2 of 2)
[ pik-er-uh l, pik-ruh l ]
/ ˈpɪk ər əl, ˈpɪk rəl /
noun, plural (especially collectively) pick·er·el, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) pick·er·els.
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for chain pickerel
/ (ˈpɪkərəl, ˈpɪkrəl) /
noun plural -el or -els
any of several North American freshwater game fishes, such as Esox americanus and E. niger: family Esocidae (pikes, walleye, etc)
Word Origin for pickerel
C14: a small pike; diminutive of pike 1
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Word Origin and History for chain pickerel
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