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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 of gunnel1
1680-1690
1680-90; origin uncertain

gunnel2

[guhn-l] /ˈgʌn l/
noun, Nautical
1.
Origin
1425-75; Middle English. See gunwale

gunwale

or gunnel

[guhn-l] /ˈgʌn l/
noun, Nautical
1.
the upper edge of the side or bulwark of a vessel.
2.
the sheer strake of a wooden vessel; the uppermost strake beneath the plank-sheer.
Origin
1325-75; Middle English. See gun1, wale1; a plank so called because guns were set upon it
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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.

gunwale

n.

mid-15c., gonne walle, from gun (n.) + wale "plank" (see wale). Originally a platform on the deck of a ship to support the mounted guns.

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