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A sugarlike, edible substance obtained from the pupal case of any of several weevils of the genus Larinus of the Middle East.

[New Latin trehāla, from Ottoman Turkish tīqāla, from Persian tīghāl.]


(Cookery) an edible sugary substance obtained from the pupal cocoon of an Asian weevil, Larinus maculatus
[C19: from Turkish tīgāla, from Persian tīghāl]
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Trehala are unusual insect pupal chambers that are sweet and have been used as human food (Pierce 1915).
A recent ecological research project conducted in eastern Turkey revealed that larvae of Conorhynchus hololeucus (Pallas, 1781) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Lixinae) create structures similar to the trehala of Larinus.