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 for butterfish
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gunnel \Gun"nel\, n. [See Gunwale.]
     1. A gunwale.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Zool.) A small, eel-shaped, marine fish of the genus
        Mur[ae]noides; esp., M. gunnellus of Europe and
        America; -- called also gunnel fish, butterfish, rock
        eel.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  dollar \dol"lar\, n. [D. daalder, LG. dahler, G. thaler, an
     abbreviation of Joachimsthaler, i. e., a piece of money first
     coined, about the year 1518, in the valley (G. thal) of St.
     Joachim, in Bohemia. See Dale.]
     1.
        (a) A silver coin of the United States containing 371.25
            grains of silver and 41.25 grains of alloy, that is,
            having a total weight of 412.5 grains.
        (b) A gold coin of the United States containing 23.22
            grains of gold and 2.58 grains of alloy, that is,
            having a total weight of 25.8 grains, nine-tenths
            fine. It is no longer coined.
            [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: Previous to 1837 the silver dollar had a larger amount
           of alloy, but only the same amount of silver as now,
           the total weight being 416 grains. The gold dollar as a
           distinct coin was first made in 1849. The eagles, half
           eagles, and quarter eagles coined before 1834 contained
           24.75 grains of gold and 2.25 grains of alloy for each
           dollar.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     2. A coin of the same general weight and value as the United
        States silver dollar, though differing slightly in
        different countries, formerly current in Mexico, Canada,
        parts of South America, also in Spain, and several other
        European countries.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]
  
     3. The value of a dollar; the unit of currency, differing in
        value in different countries, commonly employed in the
        United States and a number of other countries, including
        Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, parts of the Carribbean,
        Liberia, and several others.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]
  
     Chop dollar. See under 9th Chop.
  
     Dollar fish (Zool.), a fish of the United States coast
        ({Stromateus triacanthus), having a flat, roundish form
        and a bright silvery luster; -- called also butterfish,
        and Lafayette. See Butterfish.
  
     Trade dollar, a silver coin formerly made at the United
        States mint, intended for export, and not legal tender at
        home. It contained 378 grains of silver and 42 grains of
        alloy.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Butterfish \But"ter*fish`\, n. (Zool.)
     A name given to several different fishes, in allusion to
     their slippery coating of mucus, as the Stromateus
     triacanthus of the Atlantic coast, the Epinephelus
     punctatus of the southern coast, the rock eel, and the
     kelpfish of New Zealand.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  butterfish
      n 1: any of numerous small flat Atlantic food fish having smooth
           skin
      2: small marine fish with a short compressed body and feeble
         spines [syn: butterfish, stromateid fish, stromateid]
      3: slippery scaleless food fish of the northern Atlantic coastal
         waters [syn: rock gunnel, butterfish, Pholis gunnellus]

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