- a small, marine isopod crustacean of the genus Limnoria that destroys submerged timber by boring into it.
Origin of gribble
First recorded in 1830–40; perhaps akin to grub
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Examples from the Web for gribble
“You go ahead and tell it, if you want it told,” said Gribble.Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective
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Jeffrie and Gribble were the mine engineers that put her up.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2)
Gribble junior did not think so; he positively glowed with delight.
Gribble junior was not the only one who joined in the applause with spirit.
And she placed her hand on Gribble's arm, and gave him the bundle to carry.
- any small marine isopod crustacean of the genus Limnoria, which bores into and damages wharves and other submerged wooden structures
C19: perhaps related to grub
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