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[gril-oh-blat-id] /ˌgrɪl oʊˈblæt ɪd/
a primitive insect of the order Grylloblattidea, having a soft, unpigmented wingless body with long antennae and no eyes, living under stones in moderately high mountains of the western U.S., Japan, and the U.S.S.R.
< New Latin Grylloblattidae a family of the order, equivalent to Grylloblatt(a) a genus (Latin grill(us) cricket + New Latin -o- -o- + Latin blatta cockroach) + -idae -id2 Unabridged
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any of approximately 25 species of rare and primitive insects found in the mountains of Japan, western North America, and eastern Siberia. A pale, wingless creature 15 to 30 mm (0.6 to 1.2 inches) long, it has biting mouthparts, long antennae, and small compound eyes. Grylloblattids usually live beneath rocks near mountain snow lines or beneath rotten logs at lower altitudes. They feed on other insects.

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