- a small, silvery food fish, Leuresthes tenuis, of southern California, that spawns at high tide in wet sand.
Origin of grunion
Examples from the Web for grunion
If you had a skillet hot on the coals and threw in a handful of grunion you could never have a finer dish.El Diablo
- a Californian marine teleost fish, Leuresthes tenuis, that spawns on beaches: family Atherinidae (silversides)
Word Origin and History for grunion
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."