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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Acanthoscelides was in 1937

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“Acanthoscelides.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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