Acan·​tho·​scel·​i·​des | \ əˌkan(t)thəˈseləˌdēz \

Definition of Acanthoscelides

: a genus of weevils (family Bruchidae) native to America but of cosmopolitan distribution and including the destructive bean weevil

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First Known Use of Acanthoscelides

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Acanthoscelides

New Latin, from acanth- + Greek skelos leg + -ides (plural of -id-, -is, patronymic suffix)

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“Acanthoscelides.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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