Definition of cockabully in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒkəbʊli/

noun (plural cockabullies)

A small blunt-nosed freshwater fish related to the sleepers.
  • Genus Gobiomorphus, family Gobiidae (or Eleotridae).
Example sentences
  • 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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