pl. -·el or -·els
- any of various small, North American pike fishes (genus Esox)
- walleye (sense )
- Brit. a young pike
Origin of pickerelMiddle English ; from pik, pike + -rel, diminutive suffix
nounpl. pickerel or pick·er·els
- Any of several North American freshwater game fishes of the genus Esox, especially the chain pickerel.
- The walleye.
- Chiefly British A young pike.
Origin of pickerelMiddle English pikerel, diminutive of pike, pike; see pike2.
- 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.
From pike +"Ž -rel.