noun wee·vil \ˈwē-vəl\

: a small insect that eats grains and seeds and that can ruin crops

Full Definition of WEEVIL

:  any of a superfamily (Curculionoidea) of beetles which have the head prolonged into a more or less distinct snout and which include many that are destructive especially as larvae to nuts, fruit, and grain or to living plants; especially :  any of a family (Curculionidae) having a well-developed snout curved downward with the jaws at the tip and clubbed usually elbowed antennae
wee·vily or wee·vil·ly \ˈwēv-lē, ˈwē-və-lē\ adjective

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Origin of WEEVIL

Middle English wevel, from Old English wifel; akin to Old High German wibil beetle, Old English wefan to weave
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Insect Terms

drone, entomology, gadfly, pismire, proboscis, vespine

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WEEVIL Defined for Kids


noun wee·vil \ˈwē-vəl\

Definition of WEEVIL for Kids

:  a small beetle that has a long snout and often feeds on and is harmful to plants or plant products (as nuts, fruit, and grain)
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