pick·er·el | \ˈpi-k(ə-)rəl \
plural pickerel or pickerels

Definition of pickerel 

1a dialectal, 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

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The grounds of the Old U.S. Mint now hold Louisiana irises, carnivorous pitcher plants, pickerel weed, spider lily, aquatic milkweed, swamp goldenrod and swamp Sunflowers, all in a large sugar kettle. Kendra Parks, NOLA.com, "Master gardeners celebrate the tricentennial and bring native plants back to New Orleans," 24 May 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY People like to catch bass, perch and pickerel in the lake, according to Carolina Sportsman magazine. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Chemical didn't kill fish in eastern NC lake. Another culprit did, state says | Charlotte Observer," 16 May 2018 Mature specimens of Osmanthus ilicifolius, Pinus stobus 'Nana' (Eastern white pine), azaleas and magnolias share the grounds with pitcher plants, pickerel rush and waterlilies. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "See four private estates during the Dunthorpe Garden Tour (photos)," 9 May 2018 At a second lake on the property plans call for removing the pickerel, carp and bull fish and stocking it with catfish, bass and crappie. Carrie Napoleon, Post-Tribune, "Sinking a boat, intentionally: Volunteers establish fish habitat in Griffith lake," 7 May 2018 People like to catch bass, perch and pickerel in the 1,092-acre natural lake, according to Carolina Sportsman magazine. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Town put chemical into popular NC fishing lake. Then the fish began to die. | Charlotte Observer," 7 May 2018 The 6,400-acre waterway, located halfway between Shreveport and Monroe, is generously stocked with largemouth and striped bass, bluegill, channel catfish, sac-à-lait, pickerel and bream. Louisiana Travel, Smithsonian, "Explore More Louisiana State Parks.," 7 Mar. 2017 Visitors to the preserve trundle along a wobbly wooden boardwalk, where they are welcomed by a breathtaking view of a serene, blue lake framed by stands of native flora: swamp loosestrife, pickerel weed, lotus flowers, swamp milkweed and buttonbush. James F. Mccarty, cleveland.com, "Geauga County's Snow Lake Preserve is environmental keystone of Cuyahoga Wetlands: (photos, videos)," 6 Aug. 2017 Other fish include pickerel, white perch, yellow perch, sunfish and bullhead. Frank Cohen, courant.com, "For A Small State, Connecticut Rich In Fishing Spots," 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of pickerel

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for pickerel

Middle English pikerel, diminutive of pike

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English Language Learners Definition of pickerel

: a small North American fish that lives in rivers and streams


pick·er·el | \ˈpi-kə-rəl, ˈpik-rəl\
plural pickerel or pickerels

Kids Definition of pickerel

: a freshwater fish that resembles but is smaller than the related pike

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