cur·​cu·​lio | \ (ˌ)kər-ˈkyü-lē-ˌō How to pronounce curculio (audio) \
plural curculios

Definition of curculio

: any of various weevils especially : one that injures fruit

Examples of curculio in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Peaches, plums and other tree fruits are very susceptible to damage from plum curculios, cucumber beetles, stink bugs and various fungal diseases., "What to do now to get your lawn ready for summer in San Antonio," 5 Mar. 2020 Plum curculio worms may show up in fruits if the trees are too deep in the ground — so get all the root flares dramatically exposed by removing mulch and soil. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "How to tackle pests in your veggie garden or fruit plantings," 11 May 2020 This is to prevent entry of the plum curculio worms into fruits. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Why natural organic gardening and landscaping practices aren’t mainstream ... yet," 26 Feb. 2020 That should help prevent entry of plum curculios and other insects. Neil Sperry,, "Down to Earth: Bagging bagworms worth the unpleasant effort," 16 Jan. 2020 The waxy globs are congealed sap that indicated plum curculio (worms) were in the fruit. Neil Sperry,, "Dying pittosporum may have gotten too dry," 17 Oct. 2019 In the 1890s many smaller growers struggled to afford expensive and elaborate controls to combat pests such as San Jose scale and plum curculio. William Thomas Okie, Smithsonian, "The Fuzzy History of the Georgia Peach," 14 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of curculio

1756, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for curculio

Latin, grain weevil

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“Curculio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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