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

  • n. Any of various burrowing crickets of the family Gryllotalpidae, having short wings and front legs well adapted for digging and feeding mainly on the roots of plants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various large insects from the family Gryllotalpidae that burrow into moist soil and feed on plant roots.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an orthopterous insect of the genus Gryllotalpa, which excavates subterranean galleries, and throws up mounds of earth resembling those of the mole. It is said to do damage by injuring the roots of plants. The common European species (Gryllotalpa vulgaris), and the American (Gryllotalpa borealis), are the best known.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fossorial orthopterous insect of the genus Gryllotalpa: so called from its habit of burrowing in the ground like a mole by means of its large and peculiarly shaped fore legs.

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

  • n. digs in moist soil and feeds on plant roots


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