: the type genus of Cossidae including a number of moths the larvae of which were once highly esteemed as food and are still eaten by Australian aborigines see witchetty grub

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, a kind of larva under the bark of trees; perhaps akin to Greek skedannynai to scatter

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“Cossus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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