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hellgrammite

Syllabification: hell·gram·mite
Pronunciation: /ˈhelɡrəˌmīt
 
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Definition of hellgrammite in English:

noun

North American
The aquatic larva of a dobsonfly, often used as fishing bait.
Example sentences
  • And both species are more than willing to hit small lures as well as natural baits such as nightcrawlers, meal worms and hellgrammites.
  • Big trout like a big mouthful, and hellgrammites are bigger than your average mayfly or stonefly nymph.
  • Larvae of alderflies differ from hellgrammites in that they lack the two hooks at the end of the abdomen.

Origin

mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

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