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Webster 1913 Edition


Pickerel

Pick′er-el

,
Noun.
[Dim. of
Pike
.]
[Written also
pickerell
.]
1.
A young or small pike.
[Obs.]
Bet [better] is, quoth he, a pike than a
pickerel
.
Chaucer.
2.
(Zool.)
(a)
Any one of several species of freshwater fishes of the genus
Esox
, esp. the smaller species.
(b)
The glasseye, or wall-eyed pike. See
Wall-eye
.
☞ The federation, or chain, pickerel (
Esox reticulatus
) and the brook pickerel (
Esox Americanus
) are the most common American species. They are used for food, and are noted for their voracity. About the Great Lakes the pike is called pickerel.
Pickerel weed
(Bot.)
,
a blue-flowered aquatic plant (
Pontederia cordata
) having large arrow-shaped leaves. So called because common in slow-moving waters where pickerel are often found.

Webster 1828 Edition


Pickerel

PICK'EREL

,
Noun.
[from pike.] A small pike, a fish of the genus Esox.

Definition 2021


pickerel

pickerel

English

Noun

pickerel (plural pickerel or pickerels)

A pickerel.
  1. A freshwater fish of the genus Esox.
  2. (Canada) Walleye, A species of gamefish, Sander vitreus, native to the Northern U.S. and Canada with pale, reflective eyes.

Usage notes

  • The plural ending in "s" refers especially to multiple varieties (e.g when speaking of multiple species), whereas the other is preferred when speaking of multiple fish of the same kind.

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