from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several small wood-boring marine isopod crustaceans of the genus Limnoria, especially L. lignorum, which often damage underwater wooden structures.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various wood-boring marine crustaceans of the genus Limnoria, especially Limnoria lignorum, which cause damage to underwater wooden structures
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The 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.
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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Since I don't happen to have a copy on me at the moment, I'd better get some hot dog juice ready for the gribble-n-woof twins before they wake up from their nap.
“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.
“Oh, shut up,” said the gribble in his squeaky voice.
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.