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cunner

[kuhn-er] /ˈkʌn ər/
noun
1.
a small wrasse, Tautogolabrus adspersus, common in North Atlantic coastal waters of the U.S.
Also called bergall.
Origin of cunner
1595-1605
First recorded in 1595-1605; origin uncertain
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  • The cunner is here recorded for the urchin with the cane pole.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • For instance, the cunner and sheepshead are expert bait stealers.

    Favorite Fish and Fishing James Alexander Henshall
  • It may be that the first hook was taken by some other fish, but the cunner got in ahead on the bait.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • Some men stick an awl through a cunner's head, or catch it fast in a stout iron hook, to hold it while skinning.

    How to Camp Out

    John M. Gould
  • For the first bait of the first fisherman that ever threw hook into the North Atlantic was taken by a cunner.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • There is none of the bait-stealing tomfoolery of the cunner, none of the dancing hilarity of the pollock.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • A small sheepshead is a more adroit stealer of bait than the cunner.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall

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