American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several small wood-boring marine isopod crustaceans of the genus Limnoria, especially L. lignorum, which often damage underwater wooden structures.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shoot from a tree; a short cutting.
- n. A small isopod crustacean, Limnoria terebrans, belonging to the family Asellidæ. It is a little creature like a wood-louse, capable of rolling itself up into a ball, and is very destructive to submerged timber, into which it bores. The term extends to some related forms.
- n. Any of various wood-boring marine crustaceans of the genus Limnoria, especially Limnoria lignorum, which cause damage to underwater wooden structures
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) 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 America.
- Possibly diminutive of grub. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The gribble is found in the water chewing on rotting logs, boats, and docks, and to this point it has been considered an annoying pest.”
“The scientists reckon that information learned from the gribble could increase the efficiency of biofuel conversion by a factor of 6, making biofuels even more cost effective and utilizing non-food crops.”
“Scientists hope to replicate the incredible enzyme used by the gribble in order to produce ethanol fuel from the organic matter.”
“Or, the gribble, an even smaller wood-boring marine crustacean, whose unique ability to digest cellulose and turn it into energy-rich sugars could provide a key to converting waste products into biofuel.”
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““Shut up, you overgrown lummox,” snapped the gribble.”
“He fell heavily to the floor, and the gribble fell off his shoulder and rolled up into a ball.”
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“The group of them—Calhoun, Picard, Selar, and Kebron—were grouped around the gribble, which was inside a bell jar atop a table, unable to escape.”
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