- See under gunnel1.
- any small eellike blenny of the family Pholididae (Pholidae), especially Pholis gunnellus (rock gunnel), common in shallow waters of the North Atlantic.
Origin of gunnel1
First recorded in 1680–90; origin uncertain
Also called bracketed blenny.
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- any eel-like blennioid fish of the family Pholidae, occurring in coastal regions of northern seasSee also butterfish
C17: of unknown origin
- a variant spelling of gunwale
C15: from gun + wale 1 from its use to support guns
Word Origin and History for rock gunnel
small marine fish, 1680s, of unknown origin; perhaps from Cornish.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper