Definition of pickerel in US English:

pickerel

nounPlural pickerels

  • 1A small North American pike.

    Genus Esox, family Esocidae: several species, including the grass (or redfin) pickerel (E. americanus)

    • ‘They are E. americanus americanus, commonly known as the redfin pickerel, and E. americanus vermiculatus, known better as the grass pickerel.’
    • ‘The skate was wonderfully tender and moist, and the Manitoba pickerel was a real delight - it's very delicate, so pan-frying is the right method for cooking it.’
    • ‘Think of the superb species of fish that come from our coastal waters - salmon, cod, halibut, lobster and sole - added to the freshwater fish such as pickerel, shellfish and whitefish.’
    • ‘‘Funny,’ I said, ‘I remember catching pickerel and perch, and at night listening to Uncle Joe's great ghost stories.’’
    • ‘Other common fish inhabiting the pond were largemouth bass Micropterus salmoides, chain pickerel Esox niger, golden shiners Notemigonus crysoleucas, and fathead minnows Pimephales promelas.’
    1. 1.1North American
      another term for walleye (sense 2)
    2. 1.2 A young pike.

Origin

Middle English: diminutive of pike.

Pronunciation

pickerel

/ˈpɪk(ə)rəl//ˈpik(ə)rəl/