follow Dictionary.com

Hone in vs. home in? What's the difference?

hellgrammite

[hel-gruh-mahyt] /ˈhɛl grəˌmaɪt/
noun
1.
the aquatic larva of a dobsonfly, used as bait in fishing.
Origin of hellgrammite
1865-1870
1865-70, Americanism; origin uncertain
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for hellgrammite
Historical Examples
  • When the dobson is full grown, it is called a hellgrammite fly or horned corydalis.

  • They bring us our chow and say it is angleworm and hellgrammite porridge as that is what the Subterro denizens live on mostly.

    Operation Earthworm Joe Archibald
British Dictionary definitions for hellgrammite

hellgrammite

/ˈhɛlɡrəˌmaɪt/
noun
1.
(US) the larva of the dobsonfly, about 10 cm long with biting mouthparts: used as bait for bass Also called dobson
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for hellgrammite

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for hellgrammite

20
24
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for hellgrammite