pick·​er·​el | \ ˈpi-k(ə-)rəl How to pronounce pickerel (audio) \
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:
(2) : one (Esox americanus) of eastern North America having green or red fins and a black bar below and slanting away from the eye

Examples of pickerel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But my 5-year-old daughter, already a bluegill and pickerel slayer, is itching to graduate. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, 30 Mar. 2020 Bluegills over 11 inches have come to hand and the ever present toothy critters (pike and pickerel) always seem to be around. Jim Gronaw, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 6 Oct. 2019 Trout are beautiful and wise, pickerel are neither. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, 13 Jan. 2020 Often, the general contractor catches enough crappie to feed the whole block, not to mention plenty of bass, pickerel, perch, basically anything with fins. Jason Nark, Philly.com, 8 July 2018 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, 24 May 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY People like to catch bass, perch and pickerel in the lake, according to Carolina Sportsman magazine. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, 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, 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, 7 May 2018

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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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“Pickerel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pickerel. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce pickerel (audio) , 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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