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gunnel

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[ guhn-l ]
/ ˈgʌn l /
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noun
any small eellike blenny of the family Pholididae (Pholidae), especially Pholis gunnellus(rock gunnel, orbutterfish ), common in shallow waters of the North Atlantic.
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Also called brack·et·ed blen·ny.

Origin of gunnel

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First recorded in 1680–90; origin uncertain

Other definitions for gunnel (2 of 2)

gunnel2
[ guhn-l ]
/ ˈgʌn l /

noun Nautical.

Origin of gunnel

2
1425–75; Middle English. See gunwale
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British Dictionary definitions for gunnel (1 of 2)

gunnel1
/ (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 2)

gunnel2
/ (ˈɡʌnəl) /

noun
a variant spelling of gunwale

Word Origin for gunnel

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