alfalfa snout beetle

noun

: a parthenogenetic wingless Old World weevil (Brachyrhinus ligustici) that attacks clovers, alfalfa, and other legumes and is especially destructive to alfalfa since the larvae feed on the taproot while the adults consume the leaves

Word History

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alfalfa snout beetle was in 1934

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“Alfalfa snout beetle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alfalfa%20snout%20beetle. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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