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gunnel1

[guhn-l] /ˈgʌn l/
noun
1.
any small eellike blenny of the family Pholididae (Pholidae), especially Pholis gunnellus (rock gunnel) common in shallow waters of the North Atlantic.
Also called bracketed blenny.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90; origin uncertain

gunnel2

[guhn-l] /ˈgʌn l/
noun, Nautical
1.
Origin
1425-75; Middle English. See gunwale
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  • Fish can be brought up to the gunnel of the boat, but cannot be brought inside the boat.
British Dictionary definitions for gunnel

gunnel1

/ˈɡʌnəl/
noun
1.
any eel-like blennioid fish of the family Pholidae, occurring in coastal regions of northern seas See also butterfish
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin

gunnel2

/ˈɡʌnəl/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of gunwale
Word Origin
C15: from gun + wale1 from its use to support guns

gunwale

/ˈɡʌnəl/
noun
1.
(nautical) the top of the side of a boat or the topmost plank of a wooden vessel
2.
full to the gunwales, completely full; full to overflowing
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Word Origin and History for gunnel
n.

small marine fish, 1680s, of unknown origin; perhaps from Cornish.

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Encyclopedia Article for gunnel

any of the long, eellike fishes of the family Pholidae (order Perciformes). Gunnels have a long, spiny dorsal fin running the length of the body and pelvic fins that, if present, are very small. About eight species are found in the northern regions of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. They usually live along shores. The species Pholis gunnellus, known as rock gunnel, butterfish (after its slipperiness), or rock eel, is a common European and eastern North American form. It is usually brownish with darker markings and up to about 30 cm (12 inches) long.

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