from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small, grayish, long-snouted beetle (Anthonomus grandis) of Mexico and the southern United States, having adults that puncture cotton buds and larvae that hatch in and damage cotton bolls.
- n. Informal A conservative white Southern Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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- n. beetle measuring an average length of six millimeters (¼ inch), which feeds on cotton buds and flowers, native to Central America
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- n. greyish weevil that lays its eggs in cotton bolls destroying the cotton
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A tiny little insect called the boll weevil had migrated from South America and was quickly destroying their crops.