Definition of gurnard in English:



  • 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.

    Family Triglidae: several genera and many species, including the common European Eutrigla gurnardus

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Schoolteacher Carol, it transpires, has fallen in love with a fish - a gurnard, to be precise - residing in a local aquarium.’
    • ‘Whilst herrings, sprats and mackerel are still deservedly popular, eel sections, lamprey, gurnard, and many other salt and fresh water species are experimented with.’





Middle English from Old French gornart, from grondir ‘to grunt’, from Latin grundire, grunnire.