- See under pickerel(def 1).
Origin of chain pickerel
An Americanism dating back to 1900–05
[pik-er-uh l, pik-ruh l]
- 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
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- 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 pike 1
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Word Origin and History for chain pickerel
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