- the aquatic larva of a dobsonfly, used as bait in fishing.
Origin of hellgrammite
An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; origin uncertain
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They bring us our chow and say it is angleworm and hellgrammite porridge as that is what the Subterro denizens live on mostly.Operation Earthworm
When the dobson is full grown, it is called a hellgrammite fly or horned corydalis.
- US the larva of the dobsonfly, about 10 cm long with biting mouthparts: used as bait for bassAlso called: dobson
C19: of unknown origin
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