grubworm
Grub Grub, n. 1. (Zo["o]l.) The larva of an insect, especially of a beetle; -- called also {grubworm}. See Illust. of {Goldsmith beetle}, under {Goldsmith}. [1913 Webster]

Yet your butterfly was a grub. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A short, thick man; a dwarf. [Obs.] --Carew. [1913 Webster]

3. Victuals; food. [Slang] --Halliwell. [1913 Webster]

{Grub ax} or {Grub axe}, a kind of mattock used in grubbing up roots, etc.

{Grub breaker}. Same as {Grub hook} (below).

{Grub hoe}, a heavy hoe for grubbing.

{Grub hook}, a plowlike implement for uprooting stumps, breaking roots, etc.

{Grub saw}, a handsaw used for sawing marble.

{Grub Street}, a street in London (now called {Milton Street}), described by Dr. Johnson as ``much inhabited by writers of small histories, dictionaries, and temporary poems, whence any mean production is called grubstreet.'' As an adjective, suitable to, or resembling the production of, Grub Street. [1913 Webster]

I 'd sooner ballads write, and grubstreet lays. --Gap. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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