Definition of gribble in English:

gribble

Line breaks: grib¦ble
Pronunciation: /ˈgrɪb(ə)l
 
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noun

  • A small marine isopod crustacean that bores into submerged wooden structures, often causing damage to pier timbers.
    • Limnoria lignorum, order Isopoda
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    • Wood-boring marine crustaceans, called gribbles, have devoured portions of supporting timbers designed to stabilize a seawall built along the waterfront in Seattle, Washington.
    • The seagrass gribble burrows through blades of seagrasses, eating their soft internal tissues.
    • Because gribbles usually attack wood ‘en mass’, the wood surface quickly becomes sharp and uneven because of all the holes and cavities.

Origin

late 18th century: perhaps related to the verb grub.

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