boll weevil

noun

Definition of boll weevil

: a usually grayish or brown weevil (Anthonomus grandis grandis) that feeds on the squares and bolls of the cotton plant

Examples of boll weevil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the years that followed, hundreds of Black workers would make the journey from the South, fleeing Jim Crow laws, the boll weevil, devastating floods and racial violence. Michael Grabell, ProPublica, "As COVID-19 Ravaged This Iowa City, Officials Discovered Meatpacking Executives Were the Ones in Charge," 21 Dec. 2020 As director of the Texas boll weevil eradication program from 1994 through to 2000, El-Lissy led one of the largest pest eradication programs in the world. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "U.S. and China are working together to crack the case of the mystery seeds," 13 Aug. 2020 The family has survived droughts, tornadoes and the boll weevil during the century and a half that successive generations have been farming. James Estrin, New York Times, "Surviving Droughts, Tornadoes and Racism," 6 Nov. 2019 The boll weevil, wrecker of cotton, enters the state, having migrated from Mexico. al, "The story of us: Alabama history 10,000 BC to now," 28 Nov. 2019 White arsenic was a key ingredient for manufacturing boll weevil pesticides. Roger Showley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Black Mountain Ranch area: New master-planned communities garner environmental awards, bring ‘sacred light’," 28 June 2019 Adding to these burdens were the poor soil and periodic ravages of the pestilential boll weevil. Trevor Paulhus, Smithsonian, "When the Socialist Revolution Came to Oklahoma—and Was Crushed," 19 Sep. 2019 White arsenic was a key ingredient for manufacturing boll weevil pesticides. Roger Showley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Black Mountain Ranch area: New master-planned communities garner environmental awards, bring ‘sacred light’," 28 June 2019 White arsenic was a key ingredient for manufacturing boll weevil pesticides. Roger Showley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Black Mountain Ranch area: New master-planned communities garner environmental awards, bring ‘sacred light’," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of boll weevil

1879, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jan 2021

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“Boll weevil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boll%20weevil. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for boll weevil

boll weevil

noun

English Language Learners Definition of boll weevil

: a small insect that feeds on cotton plants

boll weevil

noun

Kids Definition of boll weevil

: a grayish or brown insect that lays its eggs in cotton bolls

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