Hellgrammite meaning

hĕl'grə-mīt'
The large brownish aquatic larva of the dobsonfly, often used as fishing bait.
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The carnivorous, dark-brown, aquatic larva of the dobsonfly, often used as fish bait.
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Alternative spelling of hellgramite.
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Origin of hellgrammite

  • Probably hell (from its painful bite) -grammite of unknown meaning and origin
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition