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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.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Rugru Worm'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/r/rugru-worm.html. 1828.