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gudgeons


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gudgeon  \Gud"geon\,  n.  [OE.  gojon,  F.  goujon,  from  L.  gobio,  or 
  gob,  Gr  ?  Cf  {1st  Goby}.  ] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  small  European  freshwater  fish  ({Gobio 
  fluviatilis}),  allied  to  the  carp.  It  is  easily  caught  and 
  often  used  for  food  and  for  bait.  In  America  the 
  killifishes  or  minnows  are  often  called  {gudgeons.} 
 
  2.  What  may  be  got  without  skill  or  merit. 
 
  Fish  not  with  this  melancholy  bait,  For  this  fool 
  gudgeon,  this  opinion.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  A  person  easily  duped  or  cheated.  --Swift. 
 
  4.  (Mach.)  The  pin  of  iron  fastened  in  the  end  of  a  wooden 
  shaft  or  axle,  on  which  it  turns;  formerly,  any  journal, 
  or  pivot,  or  bearing,  as  the  pintle  and  eye  of  a  hinge, 
  but  esp.  the  end  journal  of  a  horizontal. 
 
  6.  (Naut.)  A  metal  eye  or  socket  attached  to  the  sternpost  to 
  receive  the  pintle  of  the  rudder. 
 
  {Ball  gudgeon}.  See  under  {Ball}. 




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