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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Gurnard \Gur"nard\, Gurnet \Gur"net\n. [OF. gornal, gournal, gornart, perh. akin to F. grogner to grunt; cf. Ir. guirnead gurnard.] (Zool.) 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. [Written also gournet.] [1913 Webster] Plyling gurnard. See under Flying. [1913 Webster]