Definitions

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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Examples

  • A tiny little insect called the boll weevil had migrated from South America and was quickly destroying their crops.

    It’s Your Time

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  • i destroyed south carolina's cotton MWAHAHAHA

    June 19, 2012

  • “To get his budget and tax bills through the House, Reagan needed support from conservative Democrats, many of them from Texas, known as ‘Boll Weevils.’�?

    The New York Times, Obama’s Reagan Transformation?, by Lou Cannon, January 27, 2009

    January 28, 2009

  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
    noun
    Date: 1895
    : a usually grayish or brown weevil (Anthonomus grandis grandis) that feeds on the squares and bolls of the cotton plant

    The Boll Weevil Song lyrics as sung by Eddie Cochran

    wah-hoo)
    well the boll weevil is a little black bug
    come from a-mexico they say
    came all the way to texas
    just a-lookin' for a place to stay
    just a-lookin' for a home, just a-lookin' for a home
    (doo-doo-wop-wop)
    well the first time that i seen the boll weevil
    he was a-sittin' on the square
    well the next time that i seen him
    he had his a-family there
    just a-lookin' for a home, just a-lookin' for a home
    (doo-doo-wop-wop)
    well the farmer took the boll weevil
    and he put him on the red hot sand
    well the weevil said this is a-mighty hot
    but i take it like a man
    this will be my home, this will be my home

    well the f armer took the boll weevil
    and he put him on a keg of ice
    well the weevil said to the farmer
    this is mighty cool and nice
    this will be my home, this will be my home
    (doo-doo-wop-wop)
    well if anybody should ask you
    who it was who sang this song
    say a guitar picker from a-oklahoma city
    with a pair of blue jeans on
    just a-lookin' for a home, just a-lookin' for a home
    (doo-doo-wop-wop)

    February 4, 2008