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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A freshwater fish of the genus Esox.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A young or small pike.
  • n.
  • 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 1. A small or young pike, Esox lucius.
  • n. A kind of pike: so called in the United States.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. flesh of young or small pike
  • n. any of several North American species of small pike

Etymologies

Middle English pikerel, diminutive of pike, pike; see pike2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From pike +‎ -rel. (Wiktionary)

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  • "Clarence Birdseye... had moved to Labrador with his wife, Eleanor, and their infant son to work as a fur trapper. He found that if he froze greens, they would last through the winter without losing their flavor. He filled his baby's washbasin with salted water, put cabbage in it, and exposed it to Labrador's arctic wind. The Birdseyes were the first people to eat 'fresh' vegetables all winter. This was the beginning of years of home kitchen experiments. ... their son recalled Eleanor's regular irritation at finding food experiments throughout the house. He particularly remembered the fight over live pickerel in the bathtub."
    —Mark Kurlansky, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World (New York: Penguin, 1997), 134

    July 16, 2009