gribble
noun Etymology: perhaps alteration of 2grub Date: 1838 either of two small wood-boring marine isopods (Limnoria lignorum and L. tripunctata)

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  • Gribble — Grib ble, n. [Cf. Prov. E. grib to bite.] (Zo[ o]l.) A small marine isopod crustacean ({Limnoria lignorum} or {Limnoria terebrans}), which burrows into and rapidly destroys submerged timber, such as the piles of wharves, both in Europe and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gribble — [grib′əl] n. [prob. dim. < base of GRUB] a small marine isopod (Limnoria lignorum) that bores into wooden objects under water and destroys them …   English World dictionary

  • Gribble — Taxobox name = Gribble image width = 250px image caption = Limnoria with eggs regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda subphylum = Crustacea classis = Malacostraca ordo = Isopoda familia = Limnoriidae familia authority = White, 1850 subdivision… …   Wikipedia

  • Gribble — This most interesting surname has two possible origins. Firstly, it may be of early medieval English origin, from the Middle English gribbele , crabtree, blackthorn, and hence a topographical name for a dweller by a crabtree or blackthorn.… …   Surnames reference

  • gribble — n. (ARTHROPODA: Chelicerata) A small wood boring isopod of the Limnoriidae …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • gribble — /grib euhl/, n. a small, marine isopod crustacean of the genus Limnoria that destroys submerged timber by boring into it. [1830 40; perh. akin to GRUB] * * * ▪ crustacean       any of the approximately 20 species of wood boring, marine… …   Universalium

  • gribble — noun Any of various wood boring marine crustaceans of the genus Limnoria, especially Limnoria lignorum, which cause damage to underwater wooden structures …   Wiktionary

  • gribble — grib·ble …   English syllables

  • gribble — grib•ble [[t]ˈgrɪb əl[/t]] n. ivt any small marine isopod crustacean of the genus Limnoria that destroys submerged timber by boring into it • Etymology: 1830–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • gribble — /ˈgrɪbəl/ (say gribuhl) noun a small marine isopod crustacean, Limnoria, which destroys submerged timber by boring into it. {? related to grub1} …   Australian English dictionary

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