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
Recent Examples of grunion from the Web
Anne Jacobus, 67, Liz Carlin, 43, Jax Cole 36, and Anita Cole, 69, of the Long Beach, California, Grunions womens swim team on Sunday at Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove.
In San Pedro, Calif., the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium hosts grunion run viewings on the beach just out their back door.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'grunion.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of grunion
probably from Spanish gruñón grunter
First Known Use: 1917See Words from the same year
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up grunion? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).