noun \ˈgrən-yən\

Definition of GRUNION

:  a silverside (Leuresthes tenuis) of the California coast notable for the regularity with which it comes inshore to spawn at nearly full moon

Origin of GRUNION

probably from Spanish gruñón grunter
First Known Use: 1917

Rhymes with GRUNION


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Edible Pacific fish (Leuresthes tenuis) found along the western coast of the U.S. In the warm months, it lays its eggs in beach sand during a full or new moon when the tide cycle is at its peak. The young hatch and enter the ocean on the next spring tide, two weeks later. Grunion reach a length of about 8 in. (20 cm).


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