Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A snout beetle, especially one that is a pest of fruit trees.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A Linnean genus of weevils or snout-beetles, formerly conterminous with the Curculionidæ, now greatly restricted or disused.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) 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.

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  • noun zoology Any of the genus Curculio of weevils.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin Curculiō, type genus, from Latin curculiō, a kind of weevil.]

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Latin, a grain weevil.

Examples

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  • "'You see those weevils, Stephen?'

    'I do.'

    'Which would you choose?'

    'There is not a scrap of difference. Arcades ambo. They are the same species of curculio, and there is nothing to choose between them.'

    'But suppose you had to choose?'

    'Then I should choose the right-hand weevil; it has a perceptible advantage in both length and breadth.'

    'There I have you,' cried Jack. 'You are bit—you are completely dished. Don't you know that in the Navy you must always choose the lesser of two weevils? Oh ha, ha, ha, ha!'"

    --O'Brian, The Fortune of War, 55

    March 31, 2008

  • Oh ha, ha, ha, ha! I just love weevil jokes. :-D

    March 31, 2008

  • We've (a)ll heard this, but glad it has a fine retelling here on Wordie.

    March 31, 2008

  • I know, bilby, that's why I hadn't entered it for the longest time. But I found curculio again and thought it deserved a usage note. Besides, "Oh ha, ha, ha, ha!" is actually my favorite part.

    March 31, 2008

  • :-)))

    March 31, 2008

  • -:)))

    October 14, 2008

  • (((-:

    October 14, 2008

  • What are all these chandeliers?

    October 14, 2008

  • *checks* Nope, leather ears.

    October 14, 2008

  • Mine's a weevil. The others seem to be trilobites.

    October 14, 2008