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definition of the word grub

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From hypothetical Old English root grubbian, from West Germanic *grubbjan (cfr. Old High German grubilon "to dig, search," German grübeln "to meditate, ponder"), from Proto-Germanic *grub- "to dig". The noun sense of "larva" (c.1400) may derive from the notion of "digging insect" or from the possibly unrelated Middle English grub "dwarfish fellow." The slang sense of "food" is first recorded 1659, has been linked with birds eating grubs or with bub "drink."

Singular
grub

Plural
countable and uncountable; grubs

grub (countable and uncountable; plural grubs)

  1. (countable) An immature stage in the life cycle of an insect; a larva.
  2. (uncountable, slang) Food.


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