Gunnel meaning

gŭn'əl
Any of various small, elongated fishes of the family Pholidae, common in the tidal pools and coastal waters of northern seas.
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Any of a family (Pholidae) of elongated percoid fishes of northern seas.
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Alternative spelling of gunwale.
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A small eel-shaped marine fish of the genus Muraenoides, especially Muraaenoides gunnellus.
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Origin of gunnel

From Middle English gonnewalle, itself from gonne (“gun”) + wale, as it used to support the ship's guns; equivalent to gun +‎ wale.