hell·​gram·​mite | \ ˈhel-grə-ˌmīt How to pronounce hellgrammite (audio) \

Definition of hellgrammite

: a carnivorous aquatic North American insect larva that is the young form of a dobsonfly (especially Corydalis cornutus) and is used for fish bait

Examples of hellgrammite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With rubber legs galore, a squirrel tail wing and a squishy chenille body, the bream killer looks like the love child between a hellgrammite and a tarantula. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "The Best Flies for Catching Panfish," 12 Mar. 2020 The lure may imitate a hellgrammite or a crawfish, or perhaps a small baitfish feeding head down. Frank Sargeant, al, "Should anglers use finesse lures for Alabama bass?," 1 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of hellgrammite

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hellgrammite

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“Hellgrammite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hellgrammite. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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