American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several small North American freshwater game and food fishes of the genus Esox, especially E. reticulatus, of the eastern and southern United States.
- n. Any of various fishes, such as the walleye, similar or related to the pickerel.
- n. Chiefly British A young pike.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 1. A small or young pike, Esox lucius.
- n. A kind of pike: so called in the United States. The common pickerel of North America is Esox reticulatus. It has scaly cheeks and opercles, and from fourteen to sixteen branchiostegal rays; the color is greenish, relieved by narrow dark lines in reticulated pattern. It ranges from Maine to the Mississippi, and is the commonest fish of the kind. The vermiculated pickerel, E. vermiculatus, has scaly cheeks and opercles, and about twelve branchiostegals, and the color is greenish with darker streaks combining in a reticulated pattern. It is found chiefly in the Mississippi Valley. The banded pickerel, E. americanus, is similar, with about twenty blackish transverse bars. It is the smallest of the genus, and is found chiefly in streams near the coast from Massachusetts to Georgia. The so-called northern pickerel is the true pike,
- n. A pike-perch or sauger: a commercial name of the dressed fish. See Stizostedion.
- n. A small wading bird, as a stint, a purre, or a dunlin.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A young or small pike.
- n. Any one of several species of freshwater fishes of the genus Esox, esp. the smaller species.
- n. The glasseye, or wall-eyed pike. See Wall-eye.
- n. flesh of young or small pike
- n. any of several North American species of small pike
- From pike + -rel. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English pikerel, diminutive of pike, pike; see pike2. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Large, shallower ponds and lakes favor species such as chain pickerel, northern pike, yellow perch and sunfish.”
“Then another fellow caught a toothy chain pickerel, his first, went to do the famous bassmaster pickup by the mouth, screamed as the pickerel took and cut up his thumb as he picked it up out of the water.”
“Yes | No | Report from tourneyking734 wrote 31 weeks 6 days ago when fishing in pickerel grass i put on a 7 (i think that's the lenght) weightless slug-go.”
“I have a few chain pickerel on a fly, record perch on a fly, golden trout, and the extinct silver trout.”
“The common denominator, wherever you find pickerel, is shallow, weedy water.”
“Chain pickerel have a deep green back blending to lighter green-and-gold sides that are covered by darker, graphic lines resembling the links of a chain, a pattern almost never shown by their larger pike and muskie cousins.”
“Only the yellow pickerel is more carnivorous than the muskie.”
“The pickerel is said not to extend beyond the Great Lakes.”
“When the pickerel from the lakes, and the poultry and half-kept joints had had their share of attention, and a pair of fine wild ducks were set on the table, the tongues of the party found something to do besides eating.”
“The northern pike are by many people called pickerel and sometimes when in water with pickerel are mistaken for muscallonge.”
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