One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A grub, especially a witchetty grub.‘we'd dig in the fowl yard for mullygrubs to feed to the hens’
- ‘I fished in the river for yellow belly perch, using mulligrubs or worms for bait.’
- ‘Those working on the seed and the roots are the wire-worms and the "mully-grubs".’
- ‘A swat that would squash a housefly to a mullygrub will barely faze a deerfly.’
- ‘The tiny ant can pull many times his weight; I have seen them pull mullygrubs at least two hundred times their size.’
Early 20th century: perhaps from dialect mully-grub-gurgeon ‘a grub that feeds on coarse meal’. Compare with mulligrub.
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