pickerel

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pickerel any of several North American species of small pike
    • n pickerel flesh of young or small pike
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pickerel A young or small pike. "Bet [better] is, quoth he, a pike than a pickerel ."
    • Pickerel (Zoöl) Any one of several species of freshwater fishes of the genus Esox, esp. the smaller species.
    • Pickerel (Zoöl) The glasseye, or wall-eyed pike. See Wall-eye.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pickerel A small or young pike, Esox lucius.
    • n pickerel A kind of pike: so called in the United States. The common pickerel of North America is Esox reticulatus. It has scaly cheeks and opercles, and from fourteen to sixteen branchiostegal rays; the color is greenish, relieved by narrow dark lines in reticulated pattern. It ranges from Maine to the Mississippi, and is the commonest fish of the kind. The vermiculated pickerel, E. vermiculatus, has scaly cheeks and opercles, and about twelve branchiostegals, and the color is greenish with darker streaks combining in a reticulated pattern. It is found chiefly in the Mississippi Valley. The banded pickerel, E. americanus, is similar, with about twenty blackish transverse bars. It is the smallest of the genus, and is found chiefly in streams near the coast from Massachusetts to Georgia. The so-called northern pickerel is the true pike, E. lucius.
    • n pickerel A pike-perch or sauger: a commercial name of the dressed fish. See Stizostedion.
    • n pickerel A small wading bird, as a stint, a purre, or a dunlin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pickerel pik′e-rel an American pike: a wading bird, the dunlin.
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Quotations

  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “The perch swallows the grub-worm, the pickerel swallows the perch, and the fisherman swallows the pickerel; and so all the chinks in the scale of being are filled.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Dim. of Pike
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pike + er + el.

Usage

In literature:

I've got too much self-respect to jump at an invitation, like a pickerel at a frog.
"Jewel Weed" by Alice Ames Winter
For a huge pickerel came nosing among the lily pads.
"The Tale of Master Meadow Mouse" by Arthur Scott Bailey
In the afternoon we talked of going down to the lake to fish for pickerel.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
The penalty for introducing trout-destroying pickerel into waters inhabited by trout was a heavy fine.
"A Young Man in a Hurry" by Robert W. Chambers
On the second day out, Martin shot a deer, so that we had plenty of fresh meat; and we cut holes in the ice on the pond and caught pickerel.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
The Pickerel escaped by swimming, but the Turtle, that slow one, was caught!
"Wigwam Evenings" by Charles Alexander Eastman and Elaine Goodale Eastman
Higgins, Abner Pickerell and Situate M. Jones were chosen for selectmen.
"Anderson Crow, Detective" by George Barr McCutcheon
Among the game-fish are the trout, bass, pickerel, and salmon.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Particularly that there boss pickerel.
"Harper's Young People, August 10, 1880" by Various
Apparently Peter Nichols was the only passenger with Pickerel River as a destination.
"The Vagrant Duke" by George Gibbs
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In poetry:

One was a dream of a shady lane
That led to the pickerel pond
Where the willows and rushes bowed themselves
To the brown old hills beyond.
"The Dreams" by Eugene Field
There's a slice near the PICKEREL'S pectoral fins,
Where the thorax leaves off and the venter begins,
Which his brother, survivor of fish-hooks and lines,
Though fond of his family, never declines.
"Verses For After-Dinner" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

The walleye, northern pike, pickerel and tiger muskie seasons opened May 5.
But its larger focus will be on obeying the law and curbing violence, said Amy Pickerell, chief financial officer for the Optimist Club.
Anyone who is interested in helping to defend natural habitats at Pickerel Lake Park and Fred Meijer Nature Preserve against an invasive plant can join the Autumn Olive Control Project Saturday, Oct 6.
David Snyder, a sanitary engineer with the Onondaga County Department of Environmental Protection, shared this picture of Clay angler Mike Cusano holding a hybrid pickerel he caught recently on Oneida Lake.
Sandusky County LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area lies between the south shore of Sandusky Bay and State Route 6 in Townsend and Riley townships, Sandusky County.
Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands.
Mark Pickerel (ex-Screaming Trees, Truly) and His Praying Hands blend blues, rock, reggae, country and jazz elements in a heady brew of rootsy originals delivered with Pickerel 's laid-back baritone.
D'Arcy Egan, The Plain Dealer Wildlife Area Technician Matt Conner monitors water being pumped at the rate of 10,000 gallons per minute into the Ohio Division of Wildlife's Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area marshes.
Whereas formerly all anglers used live bait for bass, pickerel, pike and other game fish, now nothing is used but the Shakespeare...
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