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hellgrammite

[hel-gruh-mahyt] /ˈhɛl grəˌmaɪt/
noun
1.
the aquatic larva of a dobsonfly, used as bait in fishing.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70, Americanism; origin uncertain
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Examples from the web for hellgrammite
  • Many anglers and bait shops incorrectly call this nymph a hellgrammite.
  • Most people know the aquatic larva, the hellgrammite, but rarely see the adults.
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
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