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.
/ˈɡrʌnjən/
noun
1.
a Californian marine teleost fish, Leuresthes tenuis, that spawns on beaches: family Atherinidae (silversides)
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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