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Any of several small wood-boring marine isopod crustaceans of the genus Limnoria, especially L. lignorum, which often damage underwater wooden structures.

[Possibly diminutive of grub.]
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(Animals) any small marine isopod crustacean of the genus Limnoria, which bores into and damages wharves and other submerged wooden structures
[C19: perhaps related to grub]
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(ˈgrɪb əl)

any small marine isopod crustacean of the genus Limnoria that destroys submerged timber by boring into it.
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Glamorgan AC member Jim Palmer, from Rhiwbina, paid a visit to his club's Gribbles Covert pool near Llantwit Major and used a pole and pellet baits to catch 30 crucian carp and a number of roach and perch to 12oz.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 09, 2013 --( Gribbles Pathology and Sengenics today announced an exclusive partnership to deliver genetic-based clinical tests in Malaysia.
The aim of the partnership, between Gribbles, one of Asia and Australasia's leading private pathology laboratories and Sengenics, a leading genetic diagnostics company is to make cutting-edge tests more accessible to the general public.
Waste wood, straw, corncob husks and sugar cane waste all contain cellulose that if broken down - as gribbles do in their guts - can be fermented into alcohol and used as fuel.
Glamorgan AC members should note that their Gribbles Covert fishery will be closed for maintenance on February 5.
Members of Glamorgan AC should note that the club's Gribbles Court fishery will be closed for maintenance on Sunday, February 5.
Glamorgan AC members have the 'Dads and Lads' family match at Gribbles Covert on Saturday, with the draw at 1pm and fishing from 2-5pm.
The popular Glamorgan AC Dads and Lads match on Saturday, August 16, will now take place at Gribbles Covert, with the draw at 1pm and fishing from 2pm-5pm.
YOUNG members of Glamorgan AC were at Gribbles Covert, St Donats, competing for the Lyn Villis Shield.
YOUNG members of Glamorgan AC went to the club's Gribbles Covert fishery to compete for the Lyn Villis Trophy.
Gribble. He took a prominent stance in support of Aboriginal people in Western Australia; a position which alienated him and his family from society and, ultimately, the Anglican Church.
Two of the main organisms that damage submerged wood in the New York area are shipworms, or teredo, and gribble worms.