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rock gunnel

noun
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gunnel1

[guhn-l]
noun
  1. any small eellike blenny of the family Pholididae (Pholidae), especially Pholis gunnellus (rock gunnel), common in shallow waters of the North Atlantic.
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Origin of gunnel1

First recorded in 1680–90; origin uncertain
Also called bracketed blenny.
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British Dictionary definitions for rock gunnel

gunnel1

noun
  1. any eel-like blennioid fish of the family Pholidae, occurring in coastal regions of northern seasSee also butterfish
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Word Origin

C17: of unknown origin

gunnel2

noun
  1. a variant spelling of gunwale
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Word Origin

C15: from gun + wale 1 from its use to support guns
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Word Origin and History for rock gunnel

gunnel

n.

small marine fish, 1680s, of unknown origin; perhaps from Cornish.

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