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mealworm

[ meel-wurm ]
/ ˈmilˌwɜrm /
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noun

the larva of any of several darkling beetles of the genus Tenebrio, which infests granaries and is used as food for birds and animals.

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Origin of mealworm

First recorded in 1650–60; meal2 + worm
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mealworm
/ (ˈmiːlˌwɜːm) /

noun

the larva of various beetles of the genus Tenebrio, esp T. molitor, feeding on meal, flour, and similar stored foods: family Tenebrionidae
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