Etymology
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gunnel (n.)

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

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Definitions of gunnel

gunnel (n.)
wale at the top of the side of boat; topmost planking of a wooden vessel;
Synonyms: gunwale / gun rest
gunnel (n.)
small eellike fishes common in shallow waters of the northern Atlantic;
Synonyms: bracketed blenny
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