gribble

noun
grib·​ble | \ ˈgri-bəl How to pronounce gribble (audio) \

Definition of gribble

: either of two small wood-boring marine isopods (Limnoria lignorum and L. tripunctata)

Examples of gribble in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The two most common borers are a kind of shipworm called Teredo navalis, which is actually a wormlike clam, and tiny crustaceans known as gribbles. New York Times, "The Critters Doing $114 Million in Damage to Brooklyn’s Piers," 13 Sep. 2019 So, discovering how gribbles break through lignin would be an important step to figuring out how humans can use it, and scientists from the Universities of York, Portsmouth, Cambridge, and São Paulo figured it out. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Gribble Worm Could Hold Secrets for Cheaper Renewable Energy," 5 Dec. 2018 The scientists discovered that gribbles use hemocyanins to attack the strong bonds of lignin. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Gribble Worm Could Hold Secrets for Cheaper Renewable Energy," 5 Dec. 2018 Deep-sea wood borers (Xylophaga, a genus of bivalve mollusks) take over where shallow water gribbles and shipworms left off. Brian Payton, Smithsonian, "How Driftwood Reshapes Ecosystems," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of gribble

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gribble

perhaps alteration of grub entry 2

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“Gribble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gribble. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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