[ hel-gruh-mahyt ]
/ ˈhɛl grəˌmaɪt /
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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Example sentences from the Web for hellgrammite
When the dobson is full grown, it is called a hellgrammite fly or horned corydalis.Cornell Nature-Study Leaflets|Various
British Dictionary definitions for hellgrammite
/ (ˈhɛlɡrəˌmaɪt) /
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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