hellgrammite

[ hel-gruh-mahyt ]
/ ˈhɛl grəˌmaɪt /

noun

the aquatic larva of a dobsonfly, used as bait in fishing.

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Origin of hellgrammite

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for hellgrammite

hellgrammite
/ (ˈhɛlɡrəˌmaɪt) /

noun

US the larva of the dobsonfly, about 10 cm long with biting mouthparts: used as bait for bassAlso called: dobson

Word Origin for hellgrammite

C19: of unknown origin
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