AskDefine | Define gunnel

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1 wale at the top of the side of boat; topmost planking of a wooden vessel [syn: gunwale, gun rest]
2 small eellike fishes common in shallow waters of the northern Atlantic [syn: bracketed blenny]

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  1. alternative spelling of gunwale

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Gunnel can be:
  • an alternative spelling of gunwale, a nautical term describing the top edge of the side of a boat.
  • also a term novice coxswains use frequently and for the wrong reasons.
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