- 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.
- flying gurnard.
Origin of gurnard
Examples from the Web for gurnard
A peculiar boat of the Orcades; also the Erse for a gurnard.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
They lie above the limestone at Gurnard, Thorness, and Hamstead.The Geological Story of the Isle of Wight
J. Cecil Hughes
Mackerel is what you hope for; gurnard you will put up with; pollack will not be caught in any numbers so far from the shore.Yachting Vol. 1
In December therefore and January we commonly abound in herring and red fish, as rochet and gurnard.Elizabethan England
Vaterland; Fa′ther-lash′er, a name applied to two bull-heads found on the British coasts, belonging to the Gurnard family.
- 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 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.