Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The larva of one of various species of neuropterous insects of the family Sialidæ, especially of the genus Corydalus (which see). Also called hellgrammite, clipper, and crawler.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) The aquatic larva of a large neuropterous insect (Corydalus cornutus), used as bait in angling. See hellgamite.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The aquatic larva of a large neuropterous insect (Corydalus cornutus), used as bait in fishing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun large soft-bodied insect having long slender mandibles in the male; aquatic larvae often used as bait
  • noun large brown aquatic larva of the dobsonfly; used as fishing bait

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably from the name Dobson.]

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