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gunwale

, gunnel
Nautical the top of the side of a boat or the topmost plank of a wooden vessel
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gunwale

[′gən·əl]
(naval architecture)
The upper edge of the side of a boat. Also spelled gunnel.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.