• WordNet 3.6
    • n cunner common in north Atlantic coastal waters of the United States
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cunner kŭn"nẽr (Zoöl) A small edible fish of the Atlantic coast (Ctenolabrus adspersus); -- called also chogset burgall blue perch, and bait stealer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cunner The blue-perch, Ctenolabrus adspersus. It attains a length sometimes of 12 inches; it has about 18 dorsal spines, conical teeth in several rows, serrate preoperculum, and scaly cheeks and opercles. It is found most abundantly about rocks in salt water. Also called bergall, chogset, nipper, sea-perch, etc. [New England.]
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Conner


In literature:

It was early for cunners, but we were lucky enough to catch as nice a mess as ever you saw.
"The Story of a Bad Boy" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
I have been fishing for cunners off the rocks, but with intolerably poor success.
"Passages From The American Notebooks, Volume 2" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
One or two let down long lines and haul up flapping flounders or cunners or small cod, or perhaps an eel.
"Twice Told Tales" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
I am going to fish for cunners alone, and keep my line short.
"Deephaven and Selected Stories & Sketches" by Sarah Orne Jewett
When you camp by the seaside, you will catch cunners and other fish that need skinning.
"How to Camp Out" by John M. Gould
He would far rather face a battery Than kill a duck, or even hook a cunner.
"The Woman Who Dared" by Epes Sargent
There was cod- and cunner-fishing while here.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 86, December, 1864" by Various
Down at Newport, R. I., they catch cunners and if you talk salt-water perch to them it is at your peril.
"Old Plymouth Trails" by Winthrop Packard
It was early for cunners, but we were lucky enough to catch as nice a mess as ever you saw.
"Child Life in Prose" by Various
When within Haley's little cove, I looked down into the water, and saw the perch (cunners) swimming lazily about.
"Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast" by Samuel Adams Drake