grun·​ion | \ ˈgrən-yən How to pronounce grunion (audio) \

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

Examples of grunion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web How the grunion know when to run remains a mystery. Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2022 This aquarium, a San Pedro landmark that dates to the 1930s, covers everything from grunion to whales. Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 Check out more information about grunion from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife. Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2021 In addition to public safety, monitors will watch for signs of any sea turtles or grunion, the fish that spawn on the sand, during the dredging. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Oct. 2020 In Southern California, residents are missing the annual ritual of the grunion runs — a spectacle of chasing the slender, sardine-like fish that show up on California’s sandy shores each year. Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times, 12 Apr. 2020 To catch grunion, a California fishing license is required for anyone 16 and older, and no holes may be dug in the beach to entrap them, according to the department. Daily Pilot Staff,, 13 June 2019 Ocean fishing turns up perch, corbina, croaker, cabezon, shovel-nose guitar fish and sand shark — and on full moons in summer — bare-handed hunting for California grunion, which spawn on sandy SoCal beaches (fishing permit required). Roy M. Wallack,, 26 June 2019 During grunion spawning season, there is an open season for gathering the fish. Ernie Cowan Outdoors,, 28 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of grunion

1917, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grunion

probably from Spanish gruñón grunter

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“Grunion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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