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[ grib-uh l ]
/ ˈgrɪb əl /


a small, marine isopod crustacean of the genus Limnoria that destroys submerged timber by boring into it.

Nearby words

greynville, greys, greywacke, greywether, grf, gribble, grice, grid, grid bias, grid capacitor, grid circuit

Origin of gribble

First recorded in 1830–40; perhaps akin to grub Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gribble


/ (ˈɡrɪbəl) /


any small marine isopod crustacean of the genus Limnoria, which bores into and damages wharves and other submerged wooden structures

Word Origin for gribble

C19: perhaps related to grub
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