from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several North American freshwater game fishes of the genus Esox, especially the chain pickerel.
  • noun The walleye.
  • noun Chiefly British A young pike.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 1. A small or young pike, Esox lucius.
  • noun A kind of pike: so called in the United States.
  • noun A pike-perch or sauger: a commercial name of the dressed fish. See Stizostedion.
  • noun A small wading bird, as a stint, a purre, or a dunlin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A young or small pike.
  • noun Any one of several species of freshwater fishes of the genus Esox, esp. the smaller species.
  • noun The glasseye, or wall-eyed pike. See Wall-eye.
  • noun (Bot.) a blue-flowered aquatic plant (Pontederia cordata) having large arrow-shaped leaves. So called because common in slow-moving waters where pickerel are often found.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A freshwater fish of the genus Esox.

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

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


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

[Middle English pikerel, diminutive of pike, pike; see pike.]

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From pike +‎ -rel.


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