Definition of gurnard in English:


Syllabification: gur·nard
Pronunciation: /ˈɡərnərd


A bottom-dwelling fish of coastal waters, with a heavily boned head and three fingerlike pectoral rays, which it uses for searching for food and for walking on the seabed.
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  • In a sandy gully bounded by low, fissured limestone sides, we come across a pogge and a long-spined scorpion fish, a tub gurnard and finally a lemon sole.
  • Their main food supplies are dabs, whiting and gurnards, all fish that are easily outrun and caught by chasing tope.
  • In shallow waters, you'll eventually get tired of tripping over monkfish (angler fish) of all sizes, plaice, turbot, soles, gurnards, scorpionfish and literally hundreds of edible crabs and lobsters.


Middle English: from Old French gornart, from grondir 'to grunt', from Latin grundire, grunnire.

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