[ gruhn-yuhn ]
/ ˈgrʌn yən /
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a small, silvery food fish, Leuresthes tenuis, of southern California, that spawns at high tide in wet sand.
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Origin of grunion
1915–20; probably <Spanish gruñon grunter, derivative of gruñir to grunt <Latin grunnīre
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How to use grunion in a sentence
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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