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

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White arsenic was a key ingredient for manufacturing boll weevil pesticides. Roger Showley, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Black Mountain Ranch area: New master-planned communities garner environmental awards, bring 'sacred light'," 22 June 2018 Meanwhile, Southern farmers were encouraged to cultivate peanut crops after the boll weevil decimated cotton production. Amanda Erickson, Washington Post, "Europe is using peanut butter to send a message to Trump," 9 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile, Southern farmers were encouraged to cultivate peanut crops after the boll weevil decimated cotton production. Amanda Erickson, chicagotribune.com, "Europe is using peanut butter to send a message to Trump," 9 Mar. 2018 The pheromones lured boll weevils into traps where they could be sprayed with pesticides. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "Why an Alabama Town Has a Monument Honoring the Most Destructive Pest in American History," 31 May 2017 But the boll weevil’s story was different in Enterprise. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "Why an Alabama Town Has a Monument Honoring the Most Destructive Pest in American History," 31 May 2017

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First Known Use of boll weevil

1879, in the meaning defined above

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boll weevil

noun

English Language Learners Definition of boll weevil

: a small insect that feeds on cotton plants

boll weevil

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Kids Definition of boll weevil

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

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