1. [syn: pickerelweed, pickerel weed, wampee, Pontederia cordata]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pickerel \Pick"er*el\, n. [Dim. of Pike.] [Written also
1. A young or small pike. [Obs.]
Bet [better] is, quoth he, a pike than a pickerel.
(a) Any one of several species of freshwater fishes of the
genus Esox, esp. the smaller species.
(b) The glasseye, or wall-eyed pike. See Wall-eye.
Note: The federation, or chain, pickerel (Esox reticulatus)
and the brook pickerel (Esox Americanus) are the most
common American species. They are used for food, and
are noted for their voracity. About the Great Lakes the
pike is called pickerel.
Pickerel weed (Bot.), a blue-flowered aquatic plant
(Pontederia cordata) having large arrow-shaped leaves.
So called because common in slow-moving waters where
pickerel are often found.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: American plant having spikes of blue flowers and growing in
shallow water of streams and ponds [syn: pickerelweed,
pickerel weed, wampee, Pontederia cordata]