hell·​gram·​mite ˈhel-grə-ˌmīt How to pronounce hellgrammite (audio)
: 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 That’s partially because its jigging action is hard for bass to resist, but also because by changing colors and sizes, a Clouser can be used to imitate anything from a shad to a crawfish to a hellgrammite and can be fished at any depth. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 22 June 2023 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, 12 Mar. 2020 The lure may imitate a hellgrammite or a crawfish, or perhaps a small baitfish feeding head down. Frank Sargeant, al, 1 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hellgrammite was in 1866

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“Hellgrammite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hellgrammite. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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hell·​gram·​mite ˈhel-grə-ˌmīt How to pronounce hellgrammite (audio)
: the larva of a dobsonfly that lives in water and is much used as fish bait

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