gribble

[grib-uh l]
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. greynville,
  2. greys,
  3. greywacke,
  4. greywether,
  5. grf,
  6. grice,
  7. grid,
  8. grid bias,
  9. grid capacitor,
  10. grid circuit

Origin of gribble

First recorded in 1830–40; perhaps akin to grub

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British Dictionary definitions for gribble

gribble

noun

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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