mealworm

noun
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

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One of the most advanced mealworm-raising enterprises is run by Ynsect, a French firm. The Economist, "Beetles and flies are becoming part of the agricultural food chain," 4 July 2019 In Wageningen, one restaurant already offers bagels baked with crickets, mealworms and grasshoppers, and Dicke himself often cooks insects at home. Marta Zaraska, Discover Magazine, "Raising the Steaks: How One City in the Netherlands Wants to Feed the World," 13 Mar. 2019 Scientists looking for ways to fight the pollution problem are now finding that mealworms might be useful in the process. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "How Worms Can Help Recycle Plastic," 27 May 2018 The menu included sage fritters, stuffed rabbit, flatbreads made of cricket and mealworm, and jellyfish. Zia Ur-rehman, The Seattle Times, "How record heat has wreaked havoc on four continents," 31 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 Researchers studying the mealworms divided the insects into different groups. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "How Worms Can Help Recycle Plastic," 27 May 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

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First Known Use of mealworm

1658, in the meaning defined above

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