from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Any of numerous beetles of the superfamily Curculionoidea, especially the snout beetles, that characteristically have a downward-curving snout and are destructive to nuts, fruits, stems, and roots.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A snout-beetle; any coleopterous insect of the section Rhynchophora (which see).
- noun Any insect which damages stored grain, as the fly-weevil, a local name in the southern United States for the grain-moth, Gelechia cerealella. See
- noun The larva of the wheat-midge, Diplosis tritici. Also called
- noun Phytonomus punctatus, whose larvæ feed on the leaves of clover in Europe and the United States.
- noun Sitones crinitus and S. flavescens, which feed upon the leaves of clover in Europe, their larvæ boring in the roots. The latter has been introduced into the United States.
- noun Otiorhynchus sulcatus and O. picipes, which feed upon the leaves and shoots of the grape in Europe.
- noun Rhynchites betuleti, a formidable grape-pest in Europe, which rolls the leaves of the vine.
- noun Anthonomus musculus, the adult of which destroys the blossoms and flower-stalks of the strawberry in the eastern United States.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of snout beetles, or Rhynchophora, in which the head is elongated and usually curved downward. Many of the species are very injurious to cultivated plants. The larvæ of some of the species live in nuts, fruit, and grain by eating out the interior, as the plum weevil, or curculio, the nut weevils, and the grain weevil (see under
plum, nut, and grain). The larvæ of other species bore under the bark and into the pith of trees and various other plants, as the pine weevils (see under pine). See also Pea weevil, Rice weevil, Seed weevil, under pea, rice, and seed.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun Any of several small
herbivorous beetlesin the superfamily Curculionoidea. Many of them have a distinctive snout.
- noun Any of several small herbivorous beetles in the family
Curculionidaebelonging to the superfamily Curculionoidea.
- noun Any of several similar but more distantly related beetles such as the biscuit weevil.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun any of several families of mostly small beetles that feed on plants and plant products; especially snout beetles and seed beetles
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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A beetle called a weevil is the creature which puts the fat worms there.
For our seed peas in southern Ontario we have to go north, because the weevil is frightened at the word "north."
Greater Ontario 1917
The following morning, Ranger Jay Snow toured us through the vast and strangely soothing Mesquite Flat Dunes where parts of the "Star Wars" movies were filmed, showing us a small bug called a weevil that leaves a delicate trail across the 100-foot-deep sands.
Living It Up in Death Valley Christina Binkley 2011
In my state, the weevil is the scourge of chestnuts; I had hoped that after the chestnut blight destroyed our native chestnuts, the Chinese and Japanese chestnuts would be free from that pest.
Kirby and Spence mention the small beetle Onthophilus sulcatus as being like the seed of an umbelliferous plant; and another small weevil, which is much persecuted by predatory beetles of the genus
Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection A Series of Essays Alfred Russel Wallace 1868
Conservationists are calling the weevil infestation a national emergency and say there is, as of yet, no proven way of combating the insect.
By gold, quoth Panurge, 'tis a black mite or weevil which is born of a white bean, and sallies out at the hole which he makes gnawing it; the mite being turned into a kind of fly, sometimes walks and sometimes flies over hills and dales.
Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 5 Fran��ois Rabelais 1518
Fellows found the famous College ale not to their liking, they were scarcely satisfied when the butler told them that it had been brewed by the Master’s orders, from the Master’s malt, which was stored in the Master’s granary, and though damaged by “an insect called the weevil” had been paid for at the very high rates which the Master demanded.
The Common Reader 1925
"weevil," and declared that his very last intention had been to be personal or to cast the least reflection on the lovable disposition of
By gold, quoth Panurge, ’tis a black mite or weevil which is born of a white bean, and sallies out at the hole which he makes gnawing it; the mite being turned into a kind of fly, sometimes walks and sometimes flies over hills and dales.