gurnard

gurnard

[gur-nerd]
noun, plural (especially collectively) gurnard (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) gurnards.
1.
any marine fish of the family Triglidae, having an armored, spiny head and the front part of the pectoral fins modified for crawling on the sea bottom.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English < Old French gornard, probably literally, grunter ≪ Latin grunnīre to grunt

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gurnard or gurnet (ˈɡɜːnəd, ˈɡɜːnɪt)
 
n , pl -nard, -nards, -net, -nets
any European marine scorpaenoid fish of the family Triglidae, such as Trigla lucerna (tub or yellow gurnard), having a heavily armoured head and finger-like pectoral fins
 
[C14: from Old French gornard grunter, from grognier to grunt, from Latin grunnīre]
 
gurnet or gurnet
 
n
 
[C14: from Old French gornard grunter, from grognier to grunt, from Latin grunnīre]

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gurnard

any of the slim, bottom-dwelling fish of the family Triglidae, found in warm and temperate seas of the world. Sea robins are elongated fish with armoured, bony heads and two dorsal fins. Their pectoral fins are fan-shaped, with the bottom few rays each forming separate feelers. These feelers are used by the fishes in "walking" on the bottom and in sensing mollusks, crustaceans, and other bottom-dwelling prey.

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