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[pik-er-uh l, pik-ruh l]
noun, plural (especially collectively) pick·er·el, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) pick·er·els.
  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.
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Origin of pickerel

First recorded in 1300–50, pickerel is from the Middle English word pickerel. See pike1, -erel
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Examples from the Web for pickerel

Historical Examples of pickerel

  • He had also caught and salted several hundred pounds of bass, pike and pickerel.

    Old Rail Fence Corners


  • There were fish there—pickerel—which would rather swallow him than not.

    The Tale of Ferdinand Frog

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • When he pulled his bill out of the creek a pickerel came with it.

  • In the afternoon we talked of going down to the lake to fish for pickerel.

    When Life Was Young

    C. A. Stephens

  • I do not allude to the perch and pickerel in Ponk-apog Pond.

    Our New Neighbors At Ponkapog

    Thomas Bailey Aldrich

British Dictionary definitions for pickerel


noun plural -el or -els
  1. any of several North American freshwater game fishes, such as Esox americanus and E. niger: family Esocidae (pikes, walleye, etc)
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Word Origin for pickerel

C14: a small pike; diminutive of pike 1
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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.

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