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grugru

[ groo-groo ]
/ ˈgru gru /
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noun
any of several spiny-trunked, tropical feather palms, as Acrocomia totai, of tropical America, having a swollen trunk with rings of blackish spines.
Also called grugru grub, grugru worm . the larva of any of several South American billbugs, as Rhynchophorus cruentatus, that feeds on the pith of palm trees, sugarcane, etc., and is sometimes prized as food.
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Origin of grugru

First recorded in 1895–1900; Latin American Spanish grugrú, from Carib
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British Dictionary definitions for grugru

grugru
/ (ˈɡruːɡruː) /

noun
any of several tropical American palms, esp Acrocomia sclerocarpa, which has a spiny trunk and leaves and edible nuts
the large edible wormlike larva of a weevil, Rhynchophorus palmarum, that infests this palm

Word Origin for grugru

C18: from American Spanish (Puerto Rican dialect) grugrú, of Cariban origin
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