• WordNet 3.6
    • n gurnard bottom-dwelling coastal fishes with spiny armored heads and fingerlike pectoral fins used for crawling along the sea bottom
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The flying gurnard, a fish, swims in water, walks on land, and flies through the air.
    • n Gurnard (Zoöl) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gurnard Any fish of the family Triglidæ, and especially of the restricted subfamily Triglinæ; a triglid or trigline. The name is chiefly applied to 8 species of Trigla proper which are found in British waters. These are T. gurnardus, the gray gurnard, also called knoud or nowd and croonach; T. cuoulus, the red gurnard or cuckoo-gurnard, also called elleck, redfish, rotchet, and soldier; T. lineata, the lineated or French gurnard or striped rock-gurnard; T. hirundo, the sapphirine gurnard; T. pœciloptera, the little gurnard; T. lyra, the piper-gurnard; T. lucerna, the shining gurnard or long-finned captain; and T. blochi. These fishes resemble sculpins, and the family to which they belong is also known as Sclerogenidæ. In the United States the corresponding fishes are several species of a different genus, Prionotus, and are commonly called sea-robins, not gurnards. Those triglids which belong to the subfamily Peristediinæ are distinguished as armed or mailed gurnards, as Peristedion cataphractum.
    • n gurnard The gemmous dragonet, Callionymus lyra, more fully called yellow gurnard. See cut under Callionymus.
    • n gurnard 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gurnard gur′nard a genus of fishes having the body rounded, tapering, and covered with small scales, an angular head, the eyes near the summit, and the teeth small and very numerous—(obs.) Gur′net.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. gornal, gournal, gornart, perh. akin to F. grogner, to grunt,; cf. Ir. guirnead, gurnard
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From O. Fr. grongnardgrogner, to grunt—L. grunnīre, to grunt.


In literature:

Gurnard and Sprat, habits of, 311.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
Another group of very interesting fish out of water are the flying gurnards, common enough in the Mediterranean and the tropical Atlantic.
"Falling in Love" by Grant Allen
I know: it's a gurnard.
"Menhardoc" by George Manville Fenn
A name for the yellow gurnard among the northern fishermen.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Just beyond is another Treryn Dinas, like that of the Logan near St. Levan; but this Treen is better known as the Gurnard's Head.
"The Cornwall Coast" by Arthur L. Salmon
Ther's Kynance, now, or a cove over by Logan Rock, and another by Gurnard's Head.
"The Birthright" by Joseph Hocking
The other species of flying gurnard occur in the Indian Ocean and the seas around China and Japan.
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
In December therefore and January we commonly abound in herring and red fish, as rochet and gurnard.
"Elizabethan England" by William Harrison
They lie above the limestone at Gurnard, Thorness, and Hamstead.
"The Geological Story of the Isle of Wight" by J. Cecil Hughes
Many of the most famous sights, such as the great outlying cliffs at Gurnard's Head, and the Logan Rock, are not anywhere near a road.
"Cornwall" by G. E. Mitton

In news:

These gurnard and snapper will be in top condition when kept in a slurry .
Roast gurnard at Kermadec Fine in the Viaduct Harbour.