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curculio

[kur-kyoo-lee-oh] /kɜrˈkyu liˌoʊ/
noun, plural curculios.
1.
any of several weevils, especially one of the genus Conotrachelus, as C. nenuphar (plum curculio) which feeds on plums, cherries, and other fruits.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; < Latin: weevil, corn worm
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  • If you have only a few trees, try controlling the curculio with traps.
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  • Alley cropping forage crops under walnut trees may have an effect on the ability of the walnut curculio to damage nuts.
  • Spray a recommended insecticide as the pods develop to avoid damage from the cowpea curculio and other seed-eating insects.
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curculio

/kɜːˈkjuːlɪˌəʊ/
noun (pl) -lios
1.
any of various American weevils, esp Conotrachelus nenuphar (plum curculio), a pest of fruit trees
Word Origin
C18: from Latin: grain weevil
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Encyclopedia Article for curculio

any of various stout-bodied weevils of the beetle family Curculionidae (order Coleoptera). Among the best known is the plum curculio (q.v.), which attacks plums, apples, peaches, and other fruits

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