Definition of mealworm in English:

mealworm

noun

  • The larva of a darkling beetle (genus Tenebrio), which is widely fed to captive birds and other insectivorous animals.

    ‘They will readily accept human handouts of mealworms and bird grubs, often becoming so tame that they can be hand-fed.’
    • ‘During early research, they used cadavers of Tenebrio molitor, commonly known as the yellow mealworm, and Galleria mellonella, or greater wax moth.’
    • ‘In the past few years, litter beetles (especially the lesser mealworm [Alphitobius diaperinus]), have become the most serious pest affecting several types of poultry production systems.’
    • ‘The darkling beetle or lesser mealworm, Alphitobius diaperinus, is rapidly becoming more of a nuisance in the poultry operation.’

Pronunciation

mealworm

/ˈmēlˌwərm/ /ˈmilˌwərm/