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grunion

[gruhn-yuh n] /ˈgrʌn yən/
noun
1.
a small, silvery food fish, Leuresthes tenuis, of southern California, that spawns at high tide in wet sand.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; probably < Spanish gruñon grunter, derivative of gruñir to grunt < Latin grunnīre
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  • Anglers can fish for perch, corbina, grunion and yellow-fin croaker.
  • grunion may respond poorly to nearshore turbidity, but more information is needed.
  • Marine life includes grunion, halibut and stingrays, while garibaldi and common dolphin also swim beneath the waves.
British Dictionary definitions for grunion

grunion

/ˈɡrʌnjən/
noun
1.
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
n.

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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