from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See snout beetle.
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- n. Any of the genus Curculio of weevils.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of a large group of beetles (Rhynchophora) of many genera; -- called also weevils, snout beetles, billbeetles, and billbugs. Many of the species are very destructive, as the plum curculio, the corn, grain, and rice weevils, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Linnean genus of weevils or snout-beetles, formerly conterminous with the Curculionidæ, now greatly restricted or disused.
- n. A weevil; particularly, one of the common fruitweevils which work great destruction among plums, and which receive the colloquial name “little Turk,” from the crescent-shaped mark left by their sting. See cut under Conotrachelus.
The curculio is a native of North America and for more than 150 years has been known as an enemy of fruits.
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The chickens will keep the plum trees free from the "curculio,"
The calculations of the "curculio" and "codling moth" are brought to naught by turning hogs into the orchard to eat the stung fruit as it falls, and the larva that depastures upon the leaves of the current and gooseberry is destroyed by syringing the plants with a mixture of soap, salt, and water.
The "curculio" alone destroys millions of dollars 'worth of fruit annually.
Farmers battled Terran immigrants like tarnished plant bugs, sawflies, wooly aphids, coddling moths, leafrollers, lesser apple worms, and the arch enemy: plum curculio.
I have all the green fruit, of every kind, carefully picked up as soon as it falls, thereby destroying many of the curculio as well as the apple-worms.
After all the experiments made and repellents used for the plum curculio, the jarring method is found the most efficient and reliable, if properly performed.
Prof.S. had examined the stomachs of many such birds, and particularly of the American robin, and the only curculio he ever found in any of these was a single one in a whole cherry which the bird had bolted entire.
There is another group of weevils, nearly related to the common plum curculio, the species of which attack immature nuts.
The curculio catcher, or machine, is run against the tree three or four times, with sufficient force to impart a jarring motion to all its parts.