Origin of hellgrammite

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; origin uncertain
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Historical Examples of hellgrammite

  • 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

    Joe Archibald

  • When the dobson is full grown, it is called a hellgrammite fly or horned corydalis.

British Dictionary definitions for hellgrammite


  1. 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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