Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Grugru palm (Botany) A West Indian name for several kinds of palm. See Macaw tree , under Macaw .
[ Written also grigri palm
Grugru worm (Zoology) The larva or grub of a large South American beetle ( Calandra palmarum ), which lives in the pith of palm trees and sugar cane. It is eaten by the natives, and esteemed a delicacy.
Grum adjective [ Confer Danish grum furious, Swedish grym , Anglo-Saxon gram , and English grim , and grumble . √35.]
1. Morose; severe of countenance; sour; surly; glum; grim. "Nick looked sour and grum ." Arbuthnof. 2. Low; deep in the throat; guttural; rumbling; as, a grum voice.
Grumble intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Grunbled
; present participle & verbal noun Grumbling
.] [ Confer LG. grummeln
, Dutch grommelen
, and French grommeler
, of German origin; confer W. grwm
, murmur, grumble, surly. √35. Confer Grum
.] 1. To murmur or mutter with discontent; to make ill-natured complaints in a low voice and a surly manner.
L'Avare, not using half his store, Prior. 2. To growl; to snarl in deep tones; as, a lion grumbling over his prey. 3. To rumble; to make a low, harsh, and heavy sound; to mutter; as, the distant thunder grumbles .
Still grumbles that he has no more.
Grumble transitive verb To express or utter with grumbling.
Grumble noun 1. The noise of one that grumbles. 2. A grumbling, discontented disposition.
A bad case of grumble . Mrs. H. H. Jackson.
Grumbler noun One who grumbles.
Grumblingly adverb In a grumbling manner.
Grume (grum) noun [ Old French grume , confer French grumeau a little heap, clot of blood, dim. from Latin grumus .] A thick, viscid fluid; a clot, as of blood. Quincy.
Grumly adverb In a grum manner.
Grumose adjective (Botany) Clustered in grains at intervals; grumous.
[ Confer French grumeleux
. See Grume
.] 1. Resembling or containing grume; thick; concreted; clotted; as, grumous blood. 2. (Botany) See Grumose .
Grumousness noun The state of being grumous.
Grumpily adverb In a surly manner; sullenly. [ Colloq.]
[ Confer Grumble
, and Grum
.] Surly; dissatisfied; grouty.
[ Collog.] Ferby.
[ See Groundling
.] (Zoology) A groundling (fish).
[ Prov. Eng.]
Grundsel noun Groundsel. [ Obsolete]
Grundyism noun Narrow and unintelligent conventionalism. -- Grun"dy*ist , noun
(grŭnt) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Grunted
; present participle & verbal noun Grunting
.] [ Middle English grunten
; akin to As. grunian
, German grunzen
, Danish grynte
, Swedish grymta
; all probably of imitative; or perhaps akin to English groan
.] To make a deep, short noise, as a hog; to utter a short groan or a deep guttural sound.
Who would fardels bear, Shak. Grunting ox (Zoology)
To grunt and sweat under a weary life.
, the yak.
Grunt (grŭnt) noun
1. A deep, guttural sound, as of a hog. 2. (Zoology) Any one of several species of American food fishes, of the genus Hæmulon , allied to the snappers, as, the black grunt ( A. Plumieri ), and the redmouth grunt ( H. aurolineatus ), of the Southern United States; -- also applied to allied species of the genera Pomadasys , Orthopristis , and Pristopoma . Called also pigfish , squirrel fish , and grunter ; -- so called from the noise it makes when taken.
Grunter noun 1. One who, or that which, grunts; specifically, a hog.
"Bristled grunters." Tennyson. 2. (Zoology) One of several American marine fishes. See Sea robin , and Grunt , noun , 2. 3. (Brass Founding) A hook used in lifting a crucible.
Gruntingly adverb In a grunting manner.
Gruntle intransitive verb [ Freq. of grunt .] To grunt; to grunt repeatedly. [ Obsolete]
Gruntling noun A young hog.
Grutch v. See Grudge .
[ Obsolete] Hudibras.
Gruyère cheese A kind of cheese made at Gruyère , Switzerland . It is a firm cheese containing numerous cells, and is known in the United States as Schweitzerkäse .
Gry noun [ Gr ... syllable, bit.]
1. A measure equal to one tenth of a line. [ Obsolete] Locke. 2. Anything very small, or of little value. [ R.]
Gryde intransitive verb To gride. See Gride . Spenser.
[ Obsolete] See Griffin . Spenser.
Gryllus noun [ Latin , locust .] (Zoology) A genus of insects including the common crickets.
Grype transitive verb To gripe.
[ Obsolete] See Gripe
[ Greek gry`f
, griffin. See Griffin
.] (Zoology) A vulture; the griffin.
[ Written also gripe
.] [ Obsolete]
Gryphite noun [ Confer French gryphite .] (Paleon.) A shell of the genus Gryphea.
Gryphon noun (Zoology) The griffin vulture.
Gryphæa noun [ New Latin , from I gryphus , or qryps , gen. gryphis , a griffin .] (Zoology) A genus of cretaceous fossil shells allied to the oyster.
Grysbok noun [ Dutch grijs gray + bok buck.] (Zoology) A small South African antelope ( Neotragus melanotis ). It is speckled with gray and chestnut, above; the under parts are reddish fawn.
Guacharo noun [ Confer Spanish guácharo sickly, dropsical, guacharaca a sort of bird.] (Zoology) A nocturnal bird of South America and Trinidad ( Steatornis Caripensis , or S. steatornis ); -- called also oilbird. » It resembles the goatsuckers and nighthawks, but feeds on fruits, and nests in caverns. A pure oil, used in place of butter, is extracted from the young by the natives.
; plural Guachos
[ Spanish American.] 1. One of the mixed-blood (Spanish-Indian) inhabitants of the pampas of South America; a mestizo. 2. An Indian who serves as a messenger.
Guaco noun [ Spanish ] (Botany) (a) A plant ( Aristolochia anguicida ) of Carthagena, used as an antidote to serpent bites. Lindley. (b) The Mikania Guaco , of Brazil, used for the same purpose.
[ See Guaiacum
.] Pertaining to, or resembling, guaiacum.
-- noun Guaiacum.
Guaiacol noun [ Guaiac um + -ol .] (Chemistry) A colorless liquid, C 7 H 8 O 2 , with a peculiar odor. It is the methyl ether of pyrocatechin, and is obtained by distilling guaiacum from wood-tar creosote, and in other ways. It has been used in treating pulmonary tuberculosis.
Guaiacum noun [ New Latin , from Spanish guayaco , from native name in Hayti.]
1. (Botany) A genus of small, crooked trees, growing in tropical America. 2. The heart wood or the resin of the Guaiacum officinale or lignum-vitæ, a large tree of the West Indies and Central America. It is much used in medicine. [ Written also guaiac .]
Guan (gwän) noun ((Zoology) Any one of many species of large gallinaceous birds of Central and South America, belonging to Penelope , Pipile , Ortalis , and allied genera. Several of the species are often domesticated.
(gwä"nȧ) noun (Zoology) See Iguana .
; plural Guanacos
(- kōz). [ Spanish guanaco
, Peruv. huanacu
. Confer Huanaco
.] (Zoology) A South American mammal ( Auchenia huanaco ), allied to the llama, but of larger size and more graceful form, inhabiting the southern Andes and Patagonia. It is supposed by some to be the llama in a wild state.
[ Written also huanaco
Guanidine noun (Physiol. Chem.) A strongly alkaline base, CN 3 H 5 , formed by the oxidation of guanin, and also obtained combined with methyl in the decomposition of creatin. Boiled with dilute sulphuric acid, it yields urea and ammonia.
Guaniferous adjective [ Guano + -ferous .] Yielding guano. Ure.
Guanin noun (Physiol. Chem.) A crystalline substance (C 5 H 5 N 5 O) contained in guano. It is also a constituent of the liver, pancreas, and other glands in mammals.
; plural Guanos
. [ Spanish guano
, from Peruv. huanu
dung.] A substance found in great abundance on some coasts or islands frequented by sea fowls, and composed chiefly of their excrement. It is rich in phosphates and ammonia, and is used as a powerful fertilizer.
[ Braz. guará
.] (Zoology) (a) The scarlet ibis. See Ibis . (b) A large-maned wild dog of South America ( Canis jubatus ) - - named from its cry.