mealworm

noun
meal·worm | \ -ˌwərm \

Definition of mealworm 

: the larva of a darkling beetle (especially genus Tenebrio) that infests grain products but is often raised as food for insectivorous animals, for laboratory use, or as fishing bait

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Highlights include bug collecting, interactive insect arts and crafts, along with cooked mealworm larvae in various flavors including mesquite, teriyaki and barbecue. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lions Club member receives fellowship award ...community news," 14 July 2018 Highlights include bug collecting, interactive insect arts and crafts, along with cooked mealworm larvae in various flavors including mesquite, teriyaki and barbecue. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lions Club member receives fellowship award ...community news," 14 July 2018 Highlights include bug collecting, interactive insect arts and crafts, along with cooked mealworm larvae in various flavors including mesquite, teriyaki and barbecue. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lions Club member receives fellowship award ...community news," 14 July 2018 For some others, inspiration has come from nature in the form of plastic-eating caterpillars, mealworms, wax worms, and fungi. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "Closing the loop on plastic recycling?," 5 July 2018 Highlights include bug collecting, interactive insect arts and crafts, along with cooked mealworm larvae in various flavors including mesquite, teriyaki and barbecue. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Vista Boys & Girls Club gala raises $85K ...community news," 11 July 2018 But will people accept bug burgers and Neatballs that include ground mealworms? refinery29.com, "IKEA’s Kitchen Is Testing A Special New Ingredient: Mealworms," 18 Mar. 2018 Other researchers had already found that mealworms can digest a particular plastic called polystyrene. The Economist, "Another way to recycle plastic," 24 May 2018 Eisner now brushed synthetic gyrinidal produced by Dr. Meinwald onto mealworms and fed them to largemouth bass. Kenneth Chang, BostonGlobe.com, "Jerrold Meinwald, 91, dies; studied creatures’ chemical signals," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of mealworm

1658, in the meaning defined above

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