from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various widely distributed marine fishes of the family Triglidae, having large fanlike pectoral fins and a large armored head and including the sea robins.
  • n. The flying gurnard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various marine fish of the family Triglidae, that have a large armored head and fingerlike pectoral fins used for crawling along the sea bottom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One ofseveral European marine fishes, of the genus Trigla and allied genera, having a large and spiny head, with mailed cheeks. Some of the species are highly esteemed for food. The name is sometimes applied to the American sea robins.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any fish of the family Triglidæ, and especially of the restricted subfamily Triglinæ; a triglid or trigline.
  • n. The gemmous dragonet, Callionymus lyra, more fully called yellow gurnard. See cut under Callionymus.
  • n. A flying-fish or flying-robin of the family Cephalacanthidæ (or Dactylopteridæ), more fully called flying-gurnard. The best-known species is Cephalacanthus or Dactylopterus volitans. See cut under Dactyloptcrus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. bottom-dwelling coastal fishes with spiny armored heads and fingerlike pectoral fins used for crawling along the sea bottom


Middle English, from Old French gornart, from gronir, to grunt (from its grunting when caught), from Latin grunnīre.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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