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: a small North American fish that lives in rivers and streams
Full Definition of PICKEREL
adialect chiefly British: a young or small pike
b: either of two fishes resembling but smaller than the related northern pike: (1):chain pickerel(2): one (Esox americanus) of eastern North America having green or red fins and a black bar below and slanting away from the eye
Any of several North American pikes (family Esocidae), distinguished from the northern pike and muskellunge by their smaller size, completely scaled cheeks and gill covers, and banded or chainlike markings. The chain pickerel (Esox niger) grows to about 2 ft (0.6 m) and a weight of about 3 lbs (1.4 kg). The barred (E. americanus) and grass (E. vermiculatus) pickerels reach a maximum weight of about 1 lb (0.5 kg).