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.
any of numerous related beetles.

before 900; Middle English wevel, Old English wifel; cognate with Old High German wibil beetle; akin to wave

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weevil (ˈwiːvɪl)
1.  See also boll weevil Also called: snout beetle any beetle of the family Curculionidae, having an elongated snout (rostrum): they are pests, feeding on plants and plant products
2.  pea weevil, Also called: 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
[Old English wifel; related to Old High German wibil; compare Old Norse tordӯfill dungbeetle]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. wifel "small beetle," from P.Gmc. *webilaz (cf. O.S. wibil, O.H.G. wibil, Ger. Wiebel "beetle, chafer," O.N. tordyfill "dung beetle"), cognate with Lith. vabalas "beetle," from PIE base *webh- "to weave," also "to move quickly" (see weave). 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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Example sentences
Consider, for example, the beetle known as the sugarcane rootstalk borer weevil.
Alternative approaches for suppression of the pecan weevil are desired.
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