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A larva of any of various darkling beetles, especially Tenebrio molitor, which infests flour and other grain products and is often used as food for birds and reptiles and as fish bait.
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(Animals) the larva of various beetles of the genus Tenebrio, esp T. molitor, feeding on meal, flour, and similar stored foods: family Tenebrionidae
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the larva of any of several darkling beetles of the genus Tenebrio, that infests granaries and is used as food for birds and animals.
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Noun1.mealworm - the larva of beetles of the family Tenebrionidaemealworm - the larva of beetles of the family Tenebrionidae
family Tenebrionidae, Tenebrionidae - a family of arthropods including darkling beetles and mealworms
larva - the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose
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OUR Ellis filled a large bowl with water and mealworms which she added to their enclosure and watched as the mob gathered round to fish out the delicious delicacy.
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Our insect-rearing technology converts mealworms and their waste into high-value proteins, oils, and nutrients for agriculture.
Increasing the calcium content of mealworms (Tenebrio molitor) to improve their nutritional value for bone mineralization of growing chicks.
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The games ask players to spin the wheel and eat whichever tasty treats it lands on -- including mealworms, crickets, locusts and red hot chilli peppers.