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plum curculio

noun
1.
See under curculio.
Origin of plum curculio
1885-1890
1885-90

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
1750-60; < Latin: weevil, corn worm
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  • This method will also destroy the plum-curculio in orchards.

    Checking the Waste Mary Huston Gregory
  • The plum-curculio (Conotrachelus nenuphar Herbst) is sometimes a troublesome pest of the peach.

    The Peaches of New York U. P. Hedrick
British Dictionary definitions for plum-curculio

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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