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gribble

[grib-uh l]
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noun
  1. 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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Examples from the Web for gribble

Historical Examples

  • “You go ahead and tell it, if you want it told,” said Gribble.

    Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective

    Ellis Parker Butler

  • Jeffrie and Gribble were the mine engineers that put her up.

  • Gribble junior did not think so; he positively glowed with delight.

    London's Heart

    B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon

  • Gribble junior was not the only one who joined in the applause with spirit.

    London's Heart

    B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon

  • And she placed her hand on Gribble's arm, and gave him the bundle to carry.

    London's Heart

    B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon


British Dictionary definitions for gribble

gribble

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

C19: perhaps related to grub
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