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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 of gribble
1830-1840
1830-40; perhaps akin to grub
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  • The noise in the Hall was at its highest as gribble junior pushed his way through the pleasure-and-pain seekers.

    London's Heart B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • Jeffrie and gribble were the mine engineers that put her up.

  • She recognised gribble junior, and gave him a little smile, which filled him with delight and made him look round with pride.

    London's Heart B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • gribble junior was not the only one who joined in the applause with spirit.

    London's Heart B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • "Think of my worry every time you are ill," pursued the indignant Mr. gribble.

    The Weaker Vessel W.W. Jacobs
  • gribble junior did not think so; he positively glowed with delight.

    London's Heart B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • "He was tee-toiler," repeated Mr. gribble, regarding her equably.

    The Weaker Vessel W.W. Jacobs
  • And she placed her hand on gribble's arm, and gave him the bundle to carry.

    London's Heart B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • Mr. gribble opened his mouth, and then, realizing the inadequacy of the English language for moments of stress, closed it again.

    The Weaker Vessel W.W. Jacobs
  • gribble junior relished this attention on the part of the public.

    London's Heart B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
British Dictionary definitions for gribble

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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