wee·​vil | \ ˈwē-vəl \

Definition of weevil

: any of a superfamily (Curculionoidea) of beetles which have the head prolonged into a more or less distinct snout and which include many that are destructive especially as larvae to nuts, fruit, and grain or to living plants especially : any of a family (Curculionidae) having a well-developed snout curved downward with the jaws at the tip and clubbed usually elbowed antennae

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weevily or weevilly \ ˈwēv-​lē , ˈwē-​və-​lē \ adjective

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The rainbow weevil appears to use a similar mechanism to the squid, cuttlefish, and octopus. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "“Rainbow” weevil could hold the secret to generating nature’s colors in the lab," 23 Sep. 2018 These types actually combat a variety of pest species, including weevils, clearwing borers, cutworms, sod webworms, chinch bugs, and white grubs. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "What Are Nematodes? These Tiny Parasites Can Help — Or Hurt — Your Garden," 1 July 2018 Photo: Pia Scanlon A portrait of Sternochetus mangiferae, a mango seed weevil. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "From Tears to Spider Embryos: Photos Reveal World’s Microscopic Wonders," 12 Oct. 2018 These types of nematodes are effective against a variety of pest species including weevils, clearwing borers, cutworms, sod webworms, chinch bugs, and white grubs. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "What Are Nematodes? Are They Friendly Worms? Or Deadly Parasites?," 1 Mar. 2017 A year later, another research team concluded that the DNA sequence supposedly obtained from the weevil came from fungal contamination. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "Jurassic Park’s Unlikely Symbiosis With Real-World Science," 15 June 2018 Pea weevils can chew on foliage, especially along the edges of young leaves. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Growing Peas Has Never Been Easier Than This," 31 Mar. 2017 Since weevils multiply quickly and are hard to eliminate, use certified disease-resistant slips and practice a 4-year crop rotation. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Perfect Sweet Potatoes In Your Backyard," 15 Mar. 2017 More than 20 weevils were also found inside the masa container. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Oak Park Brewing Co. closes after cockroaches, mice, weevils found in kitchen | The Sacramento Bee," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of weevil

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for weevil

Middle English wevel, from Old English wifel; akin to Old High German wibil beetle, Old English wefan to weave

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English Language Learners Definition of weevil

: a small insect that eats grains and seeds and that can ruin crops


wee·​vil | \ ˈwē-vəl \

Kids Definition of weevil

: a small beetle that has a long snout and often feeds on and is harmful to plants or plant products (as nuts, fruit, and grain)

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