noun (plural cockabullies)NZ
A small blunt-nosed freshwater fish related to the sleepers.
- Genus Gobiomorphus, family Gobiidae (or Eleotridae)
- Fish such as giant kokopu and smelt sometimes turn up in nets along with the young of other fish including eels, trout and cockabullies.
- Other fish - cockabullies and an occasional eel - are returned to the river.
- It was like looking down at a rock pool: the cockabullies squirting away from under a rock, the crabs, the minuscule life.
Late 19th century: from Maori kokopu.
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