gribble

[ grib-uhl ]
/ ˈgrɪb əl /

noun

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

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Origin of gribble

First recorded in 1830–40; perhaps akin to grub
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British Dictionary definitions for gribble

gribble
/ (ˈɡrɪbəl) /

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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