boll weevil

noun
1.
a snout beetle, Anthonomus grandis, that attacks the bolls of cotton.
2.
Informal. (especially in the U.S. Congress) a Southern Democrat with conservative views who often votes with the Republicans as part of a Southern or conservative power bloc.

Origin:
1890–95, Americanism

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boll weevil
 
n
See also weevil a greyish weevil, Anthonomus grandis, of the southern US and Mexico, whose larvae live in and destroy cotton bolls

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