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pick·er·el

 (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.]
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pickerel

(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]
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pick•er•el

(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]
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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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Once, in the winter, many years ago, when I had been cutting holes through the ice in order to catch pickerel, as I stepped ashore I tossed my axe back on to the ice, but, as if some evil genius had directed it, it slid four or five rods directly into one of the holes, where the water was twenty-five feet deep.
There have been caught in Walden pickerel, one weighing seven pounds -- to say nothing of another which carried off a reel with great velocity, which the fisherman safely set down at eight pounds because he did not see him -- perch and pouts, some of each weighing over two pounds, shiners, chivins or roach (Leuciscus pulchellus), a very few breams, and a couple of eels, one weighing four pounds -- I am thus particular because the weight of a fish is commonly its only title to fame, and these are the only eels I have heard of here; -- also, I have a faint recollection of a little fish some five inches long, with silvery sides and a greenish back, somewhat dace-like in its character, which I mention here chiefly to link my facts to fable.
From a hilltop you can see a fish leap in almost any part; for not a pickerel or shiner picks an insect from this smooth surface but it manifestly disturbs the equilibrium of the whole lake.
“I don’t know, Benjamin,” returned the sheriff; “a haul of one thousand Otsego bass, without counting pike, pickerel, perch, bull- pouts, salmon-trouts, and suckers, is no bad fishing, let me tell you.
You're close/You actually caught a redfin pickerel Both redfin and grass' pickerels are subspecies of the same species.
I was fishing for trout at West Lake and caught what I believe is a grass pickerel. I took a picture because I've never seen one here, and it is not listed on DEC's website as a species offish for this lake.
Kozel and Gervais struck again to pull up the top two pickerels, both at 17-1/2 inches long, with Gervais winning the tiebreaker as he was first to check in.
No names, no pickerels. That happens every year and I wonder if there's a Fair Trading officer who will be prepared to ask awkward questions?
In our bizzaro world fishermen indeed prefer the safe, predictable largemouth to hooking our freshwater barracuda, pike of the south, the far more spectacular, exciting and yes, somewhat-dangerous pickerel.
Those needle-sharp teeth certainly live up to their reputation, but even the name suggests ferocity and could lead one to wonder uneasily, "Why is he called a 'chain' pickerel?" Picture it: Just before cutting his line, a bass fisherman imagines he sees chains draped around the torpedo-like body of a wildly surging fish.
Because these tank studies were conducted in Pennsylvania, where leopard frogs are in serious decline, the researchers substituted related species--green and pickerel frogs.
Grass pickerel Esox americanus vermiculatus (Crossman, 1966) is the smallest member of the family Esocidae which includes muskellunge Esox masquinongy, northern pike Esox lucius, chain pickerel Esox niger and redfin pickerel Esox americanus americanus (Crossman, 1966).