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[wee-vuh l] /ˈwi vəl/
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 Unabridged
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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
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
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 weevils
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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boll weevil

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