cun·​ner ˈkə-nər How to pronounce cunner (audio)
: either of two wrasses:
: a European wrasse (Crenilabrus melops)
: a wrasse (Tautogolabrus adspersus) common along the northeastern U.S. and adjacent Canadian coast

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Recent Examples on the Web Researchers are particularly concerned about cunner fish, a dominant species in the area., 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use

1602, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cunner was in 1602

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“Cunner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


cun·​ner ˈkən-ər How to pronounce cunner (audio)
: a small American food fish that is common along the rocky shores of New England
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