weevil

noun
wee·​vil | \ ˈwē-vəl How to pronounce weevil (audio) \

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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Other Words from weevil

weevily or weevilly \ ˈwēv-​lē How to pronounce weevilly (audio) , ˈwē-​və-​lē \ adjective

Examples of weevil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Phillip and Beazley have found mango weevil, pink hibiscus mealybug and citrus canker. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, "Ham’s best friend: The beagle brigade is the last line of defense against African swine fever in U.S.," 27 Nov. 2019 The holes are either from pecan weevils or hickory shuckworms. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Pecans failing to mature a sign that spraying is needed," 26 Sep. 2019 The federal agency has released an environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact to releasing the weevils. Keith Ridler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "US approves releasing non-native insect to control thistle," 18 Sep. 2019 Palm weevil larvae are about 55% fat, 33% protein, have medium to high levels of all nine essential amino acids and are packed with B-vitamins, zinc and vitamin E. Mature larvae can be quite large, some with a mass close to six grams. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "The food that can feed, and maybe save, the planet: Bugs," 25 Oct. 2019 On a night-time field trip in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest, Frank spotted this bizarre-looking weevil clinging to a fern stem. Johnny Simon, Quartz, "A year’s worth of surprising and poignant nature photos," 8 Sep. 2019 In the beginning, crop treatments for weevils took place every 10 days. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "Cotton, once king in Alabama, still rules on these family farms," 14 July 2019 The album, 'Arthur Buck,' approaches ear weevil stages at about the fourth listen. Mike Oliver | Moliver@al.com, al, "Top 7 underrated artists, albums and songs from the My Vinyl Countdown collection," 14 Sep. 2019 Weevil wonders As their name suggests, jewel weevils are living gems. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Dazzling new mimic beetles found, may already be under threat," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of weevil was before the 12th century

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18 Dec 2019

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“Weevil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weevil. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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weevil

noun
How to pronounce weevil (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of weevil

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

weevil

noun
wee·​vil | \ ˈwē-vəl How to pronounce weevil (audio) \

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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