mealworm
noun Date: 1658 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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  • Mealworm — Beetle Scientific classification …   Wikipedia

  • mealworm — /meel werrm /, n. the larva of any of several darkling beetles of the genus Tenebrio, which infests granaries and is used as food for birds and animals. [1650 60; MEAL2 + WORM] * * * …   Universalium

  • mealworm — noun A larva of the darkling beetle Tenebrio molitor …   Wiktionary

  • mealworm — meal·worm (mēlґwərm) 1. the larva of any of various grain beetles of the genus Tenebrio, which eat and contaminate grain products such as flour and are also raised as food for insectivorous domestic animals such as birds. Spelled also… …   Medical dictionary

  • mealworm — mɪːlwÉœrm / wɜːm n. larva of various species of beetles (used as food for birds and animals) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mealworm — noun the larva of the meal beetle, used as food for cage birds and other insectivorous animals …   English new terms dictionary

  • mealworm — meal•worm [[t]ˈmilˌwɜrm[/t]] n. ent the larva of any of several darkling beetles of the genus Tenebrio, that infests granaries and is used as food for birds and animals • Etymology: 1650–60 …   From formal English to slang

  • mealworm — /ˈmilwɜm/ (say meelwerm) noun the larva of the beetle Tenebrio molitor, which infests granaries, and is cultivated in great numbers as food for birds and animals …   Australian English dictionary

  • mealworm — noun the larva of beetles of the family Tenebrionidae • Hypernyms: ↑larva • Member Holonyms: ↑Tenebrionidae, ↑family Tenebrionidae …   Useful english dictionary

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