gudg·eon1 / ˈgəjən/ •
n. a small, edible, European freshwater fish (Gobio gobio) of the minnow family, often used as fishing bait. gudg·eon2 •
n. a pivot or spindle on which a bell or other object swings or rotates. ∎ the tubular part of a hinge into which the pin fits to unite the joint. ∎ a socket at the stern of a vessel, into which a rudder is fitted. ∎ a pin holding two blocks of stone together.
found in rivers from Britain
. It has a small mouth with barbels, an elongated body and variable colour. Length: 20cm (8in). Species Gobio gobio.
small freshwater fish XV; bait; gullible person XVI. Late ME. gogen
— (O)F. goujon
:- L. gōbiō
, f. gōbius GOBY
pivot of metal, etc. XIV. — (O)F. goujon
pin, dowel, tenon, dim, of gouge GOUGE