- n. Plural form of gribble.
“The suit seeks to force the trust, and by extension taxpayers, to spend "at least $37.5 million" repairing damage its piers have sustained over the past two decades from small marine borers known as gribbles and teredos.”
“And there is another problem: marine organisms called gribbles and toredos are eating away at the timber platform, increasing the wall's vulnerability to an earthquake.”
“But decades of wear - including attack on the timber by marine borer "gribbles" and damage from the 2001 Nisqually Quake - have weakened the structure to the point of serious danger.”
“What were the all the xylophages and gribbles doing during that voyage? wamba”
“As they gnaw their way through the outer layers of driftwood, the gribbles and shipworms leave more than half of it undigested, and reduce it to the fine wood powder that sinks into the mud of estuaries as the food known to the marine biologists as micro-detritus.”
“The first of these are the gribbles, responsible for the labyrinthine galleries of tunnels that worm their way through the surface of so much driftwood.”
“Deconstructed by gribbles and shipworms, it is a major source of food for marine animals and plants.”
“This species is clearly a louse: It has a flattened body, seven pairs of legs, and a reproductive pouch identical in structure to wood lice, pill bugs, beach hoppers, sow bugs, and gribbles.”
“If Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn worries about the gribbles eating away at the waterfront seawall, he's also right to be concerned about the monsters that roll through the region laying concrete.”
“Once the scourge of the seven seas because of their appetite for wooden ships, gribbles could hold the secret to turning wood into biofuels.”
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