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[gur-nerd] /ˈgɜr nərd/
noun, plural (especially collectively) gurnard (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) gurnards.
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.
1275-1325; Middle English < Old French gornard, probably literally, grunter ≪ Latin grunnīre to grunt Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for gurnard


noun (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
Word Origin
C14: from Old French gornard grunter, from grognier to grunt, from Latin grunnīre
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Word Origin and History for gurnard

small marine fish, early 14c., from Old French gournart (13c.), formed by metathesis of gronir, from Latin grunire "to grunt." The fish so called for the sound it makes when pulled from the water.

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Encyclopedia Article for gurnard

sea robin

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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