noun, plural (especially collectively) gur·nard, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) gur·nards.

any marine fish of the family Triglidae, having an armored, spiny head and the front part of the pectoral fins modified for crawling on the sea bottom.

Origin of gurnard

1275–1325; Middle English < Old French gornard, probably literally, grunter ≪ Latin grunnīre to grunt Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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gurnet (ˈɡɜːnɪt)

noun plural -nard, -nards, -net or -nets

any European marine scorpaenoid fish of the family Triglidae, such as Trigla lucerna (tub or yellow gurnard), having a heavily armoured head and finger-like pectoral fins

Word Origin for gurnard

C14: from Old French gornard grunter, from grognier to grunt, from Latin grunnīre
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Word Origin and History for gurnard

small marine fish, early 14c., from Old French gournart (13c.), formed by metathesis of gronir, from Latin grunire "to grunt." The fish so called for the sound it makes when pulled from the water.

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