gunnel

1
[guhn-l]
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. gunn's dot,
  2. gunn's sign,
  3. gunnar,
  4. gunnbjørn,
  5. gunned,
  6. gunnell,
  7. gunner,
  8. gunnera,
  9. gunnery,
  10. gunnery sergeant

Origin of gunnel

1
First recorded in 1680–90; origin uncertain

Also called bracketed blenny.

gunnel

2
[guhn-l]

noun Nautical.

Origin of gunnel

2
1425–75; Middle English. See gunwale

gunwale

or gun·nel

[guhn-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

gunnel

1

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

noun

a variant spelling of gunwale

Word Origin for gunnel

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

gunwale

gunnel

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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Word Origin and History for gunnel
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