[ gruhn-yuh n ]
/ ˈgrʌn yən /


a small, silvery food fish, Leuresthes tenuis, of southern California, that spawns at high tide in wet sand.

Origin of grunion

1915–20; probably < Spanish gruñon grunter, derivative of gruñir to grunt < Latin grunnīre Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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|Brayton Norton

British Dictionary definitions for grunion


/ (ˈɡrʌnjən) /


a Californian marine teleost fish, Leuresthes tenuis, that spawns on beaches: family Atherinidae (silversides)

Word Origin for grunion

C20: probably from Spanish gruñón a grunter
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