witchety grub

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English[edit]

Two witchety grubs, one of them feeding on wood.

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Etymology[edit]

From witchety +‎ grub, a partial calque of some Pama-Nyungan language (compare Arabana mako witjuti (witchety grub, from mako (grub) +‎ witjuti (witchety bush))).

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Noun[edit]

witchety grub (plural witchety grubs)

  1. (Australia) The large, white, wood-eating larvae of several moths and beetles, especially the species Endoxyla leucomochla, traditionally eaten by Aboriginals in the Australian desert.

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