Definition of cockabully in English:


Line breaks: cocka|bully
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒkəbʊli

noun (plural cockabullies)

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