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pickerel (n.)

late 13c., pikerel, "young pike," from pike (n.3), the fish, with French pejorative suffix -rel; perhaps formed in Anglo-French. In the Eastern U.S., applied to a common type of pike regardless of age.

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Definitions of pickerel

pickerel (n.)
flesh of young or small pike;
pickerel (n.)
any of several North American species of small pike;
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