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 (pĭk′ər-əl, pĭk′rəl)
n. pl. pickerel or pick·er·els
1. Any of several North American freshwater game fishes of the genus Esox, especially the chain pickerel.
2. The walleye.
3. Chiefly British A young pike.

[Middle English pikerel, diminutive of pike, pike; see pike2.]


(ˈpɪkərəl; ˈpɪkrəl)
n, pl -el or -els
(Animals) any of several North American freshwater game fishes, such as Esox americanus and E. niger: family Esocidae (pikes, walleye, etc)
[C14: a small pike; diminutive of pike1]


(ˈpɪk ər əl, ˈpɪk rəl)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -el, (esp. for kinds or species) -els.
1. any of several small pikes of the genus Esox.
2. the walleye, blue pike, or pikeperch.
3. Brit. a young pike.
[1300–50; Middle English pickerel. See pike1, -erel]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pickerel - flesh of young or small pikepickerel - flesh of young or small pike  
pike - highly valued northern freshwater fish with lean flesh
2.pickerel - any of several North American species of small pike
pike - any of several elongate long-snouted freshwater game and food fishes widely distributed in cooler parts of the northern hemisphere
chain pickerel, chain pike, Esox niger - common in quiet waters of eastern United States
barred pickerel, Esox americanus, redfin pickerel - small but gamy pickerel of Atlantic coastal states
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This is true in the case of the habitat of a diminutive, lesser-known member of the pike family, the grass pickerel.
Killbuck Creek is now characterized by populations of bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) and grass pickerel (Esox americanus vermiculatus) and Pipe Creek is now characterized by steelcolor shiner (Cyprinella whipplei), rock bass (Ambloplites rupestris), bluegill, and white suckers (Catostomus commersonii).
The New York entry on the grass pickerel, for example, notes that while this species has a bar under its eye, the northern pike does not.
A plot of the frequency of occurrence of fishes for the 35 lakes, present against past, suggests (more than 50% change) the golden shiner, lake chubsucker, yellow bullhead, and grass pickerel are less common now, and the spotfin shiner and warmouth are more common.
Among the species identified as sensitive in Title 117, Nebraska Surface Water Quality Standards, is the grass pickerel, Esox americanus, which was documented in our collections below the hydro in 1993 and 2000.