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pickerel Line breaks: pick|erel
Pronunciation: /ˈpɪk(ə)r(ə)l/

Definition of pickerel in English:

noun (plural same or pickerels)

1A small pike occurring in North America.
  • Genus Esox, family Esocidae: several species, including the redfin (or grass) pickerel (E. americanus)
Example sentences
  • They are E. americanus americanus, commonly known as the redfin pickerel, and E. americanus vermiculatus, known better as the grass pickerel.
  • Other common fish inhabiting the pond were largemouth bass Micropterus salmoides, chain pickerel Esox niger, golden shiners Notemigonus crysoleucas, and fathead minnows Pimephales promelas.
  • The skate was wonderfully tender and moist, and the Manitoba pickerel was a real delight - it's very delicate, so pan-frying is the right method for cooking it.
1.1chiefly North American Another term for wall eye (sense 2).
1.2A young pike.


Middle English: diminutive of pike1.

Words that rhyme with pickerel

doggerel • mackerel

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