meal·​worm | \ ˈmēl-ˌwərm How to pronounce mealworm (audio) \

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

Examples of mealworm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The lesser mealworm is the fourth insect to be granted EFSA approval. Alex Ledsom, Forbes, 18 July 2022 In 2021, the EFSA gave its thumbs up to the Yellow mealworm being used in food products, resulting in a raft of new insect burger brands. Alex Ledsom, Forbes, 18 July 2022 Wei-min Wu, a senior researcher at Stanford University who led its mealworm study, said there has been a growing chorus of researchers looking for natural solutions to recycle plastic because of the environmental risks. Pranshu Verma, Washington Post, 17 June 2022 Options like that—yellow mealworm smoothies, biscuits, pasta, and burgers—will soon be mass produced across Europe. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 26 Apr. 2022 In Australia, dogs can chow down on pumpkin and mealworm biscuits made by Buggy Bix. Matt Reynolds, Wired, 15 Feb. 2022 In France, Ÿnsect has launched a breeding program to study the genetics of Tenebrio molitor, the mealworm beetle. Matt Reynolds, Wired, 15 Feb. 2022 To make sure the mealworm project would work, Rebecca and her family tested growing them in their own home. Scott Luxor,, 19 Aug. 2021 Last weekend, the center ran out, and volunteers scoured pet stores all over the city and rounded up three dozen mealworm tubs. Jeffery Jones, National Geographic, 8 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of mealworm

1658, in the meaning defined above

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“Mealworm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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