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weevil

[wee-vuh l] /ˈwi vəl/
noun
1.
Also called snout beetle. any of numerous beetles of the family Curculionidae, which have the head prolonged into a snout and which are destructive to nuts, grain, fruit, etc.
2.
any of numerous related beetles.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English wevel, Old English wifel; cognate with Old High German wibil beetle; akin to wave
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  • Consider, for example, the beetle known as the sugarcane rootstalk borer weevil.
  • Alternative approaches for suppression of the pecan weevil are desired.
British Dictionary definitions for weevil

weevil

/ˈwiːvɪl/
noun
1.
Also called snout beetle. any beetle of the family Curculionidae, having an elongated snout (rostrum): they are pests, feeding on plants and plant products See also boll weevil
2.
Also called pea weevil, bean weevil. any of various beetles of the family Bruchidae (or Lariidae), the larvae of which live in the seeds of leguminous plants
3.
any of various similar or related beetles
Derived Forms
weevily, adjective
Word Origin
Old English wifel; related to Old High German wibil; compare Old Norse tordӯfill dungbeetle
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Word Origin and History for weevil
n.

Old English wifel "small beetle," from Proto-Germanic *webilaz (cf. Old Saxon wibil, Old High German wibil, German Wiebel "beetle, chafer," Old Norse tordyfill "dung beetle"), cognate with Lithuanian vabalas "beetle," from PIE root *webh- "to weave," also "to move quickly" (see weave (v.)). The sense gradually narrowed to a particular kind of beetle that, in larval or adult stages, bores into plants, often destroying them.

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Slang definitions & phrases for weevil

weevil

Related Terms

boll weevil


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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