hellgrammite

[ hel-gruh-mahyt ]
/ ˈhɛl grəˌmaɪt /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. helles,
  2. helles, cape,
  3. hellespont,
  4. hellespontus,
  5. hellfire,
  6. hellhole,
  7. hellhound,
  8. hellin's law,
  9. hellinger,
  10. hellion

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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