Grunion meaning

grŭnyən
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A small fish (Leuresthes tenuis) of coastal waters of California and Mexico that spawns at night along beaches during the high tides of spring and summer.
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A silverside fish (Leuresthes tenuis) of the California coast: it spawns on sandy beaches during high tides in the spring.
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Either of two small fish, of the genus Leuresthes, found along the coast of Mexico and southern California, that spawn in the wet sand at certain high tides.
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Origin of grunion

  • Perhaps from Spanish gruñón grumbler from gruñir to grumble, grunt from Latin grunnīre, grundīre to grunt

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin uncertain, but probably from American Spanish gruñón (“grunter, grouch”), from gruñir (“to grunt”).

    From Wiktionary