gunnel

1
[ guhn-l ]
/ ˈgʌn l /
|

noun

any small eellike blenny of the family Pholididae (Pholidae), especially Pholis gunnellus (rock gunnel), common in shallow waters of the North Atlantic.

Origin of gunnel

1
First recorded in 1680–90; origin uncertain
Also called bracketed blenny.

Definition for gunnel (2 of 3)

gunnel

2
[ guhn-l ]
/ ˈgʌn l /

noun Nautical.


Origin of gunnel

2
1425–75; Middle English. See gunwale

Definition for gunnel (3 of 3)

gunwale

or gun·nel

[ guhn-l ]
/ ˈgʌn l /

noun Nautical.

the upper edge of the side or bulwark of a vessel.
the sheer strake of a wooden vessel; the uppermost strake beneath the plank-sheer.

Origin of gunwale

1325–75; Middle English. See gun1, wale1; a plank so called because guns were set upon it
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British Dictionary definitions for gunnel (1 of 3)

gunnel

1
/ (ˈɡʌnəl) /

noun

any eel-like blennioid fish of the family Pholidae, occurring in coastal regions of northern seasSee also butterfish

Word Origin for gunnel

C17: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for gunnel (2 of 3)

gunnel

2
/ (ˈɡʌnəl) /

noun

a variant spelling of gunwale

Word Origin for gunnel

C15: from gun + wale 1 from its use to support guns

British Dictionary definitions for gunnel (3 of 3)

gunwale

gunnel

/ (ˈɡʌnəl) /

noun

nautical the top of the side of a boat or the topmost plank of a wooden vessel
full to the gunwales completely full; full to overflowing

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