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grub

grub

 
pronunciation:
gruhb
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition: the larva of some beetles and other insects. Grubs are a young stage in the growth of the insect. They look like short, fat worms.
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: grubbed, grubbing, grubs
definition 1: to dig up, especially to take out rocks or roots
We grubbed the soil before planting a garden.
definition 2: to dig in the soil; to look for something as if by digging
Lou grubbed in the garden all morning.The raccoons grubbed through our garbage.
similar words:
root
derivation: grubber (n.)
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