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[gruhn-yuh n] /ˈgrʌn yən/
a small, silvery food fish, Leuresthes tenuis, of southern California, that spawns at high tide in wet sand.
Origin of grunion
1915-20; probably < Spanish gruñon grunter, derivative of gruñir to grunt < Latin grunnīre Unabridged
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  • If you had a skillet hot on the coals and threw in a handful of grunion you could never have a finer dish.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
British Dictionary definitions for grunion


a Californian marine teleost fish, Leuresthes tenuis, that spawns on beaches: family Atherinidae (silversides)
Word Origin
C20: probably from Spanish gruñón a grunter
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Word Origin and History for grunion

1917, from American Spanish gruñon "grunting fish," from grunir "to grunt," from Latin grunnire, from Greek gryzein "to grunt," from gry "a grunt." The unrelated American fish called the grunt is "so called from the noise they make when taken."

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