/pik"euhr euhl, pik"reuhl/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) pickerel, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) pickerels.1. any of several small species of pike, as Esox niger (chain pickerel) and E. americanus americanus (redfin pickerel), of eastern North America.2. the walleye or pikeperch, Stizostedion vitreum.3. Brit. a young pike.[1300-50; ME pickerel. See PIKE1, -EREL]
* * *Any of several North American pikes (family Esocidae), distinguished from the northern pike and muskellunge by their smaller size, completely scaled cheeks and gill covers, and banded or chainlike markings.The chain pickerel (Esox niger) grows to about 2 ft (0.6 m) and a weight of about 3 lbs (1.4 kg). The barred (E. americanus) and grass (E. vermiculatus) pickerels reach a maximum weight of about 1 lb (0.5 kg).
* * *▪ fishany of several North American pikes, family Esocidae, distinguished from the related muskellunge and northern pike by its smaller size, completely scaled cheeks and gill covers, and banded or chainlike markings. The chain pickerel (Esox niger) grows to about 0.6 metre (2 feet) and a weight of 1.4 to 1.8 kilograms (3 to 4 pounds). The barred pickerel (E. americanus) and the grass pickerel (E. vermiculatus) are smaller species reaching a maximum weight of about 0.5 kilograms. See also pike.
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