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gribble

[grib-uh l] /ˈgrɪb əl/
noun
1.
a small, marine isopod crustacean of the genus Limnoria that destroys submerged timber by boring into it.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; perhaps akin to grub
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gribble

/ˈɡrɪbəl/
noun
1.
any small marine isopod crustacean of the genus Limnoria, which bores into and damages wharves and other submerged wooden structures
Word Origin
C19: perhaps related to grub
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Encyclopedia Article for gribble

any of the approximately 20 species of wood-boring, marine crustaceans constituting the genus Limnoria, in the order Isopoda. They feed on algae, driftwood, and the submerged wood of docks and wharves and sometimes attack the nonwoody insulation of submarine cables.

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