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Efforts to control the plants using herbicides and biological controls such as weevils that eat only the target plant have limited success.
Salvinia weevils, like the plant, are from the tropics and are vulnerable to cold.
The nematodes have even been used to save Florida oranges from demise at the hungry mandibles of the citrus root weevil.
Engineering students at Enterprise High School used 3-D printers last year to create miniature boll-weevil monument Christmas ornaments.
By the 1920s, weevils blanketed the cotton-producing South.
The preservation inside the caves was remarkable: The dry, cold environment conserved even fragments of ancient beetles and weevils.
Some are considered pests by humans -- Japanese beetle grubs, termites and weevils, for example -- but others are beloved or at least beguiling and include the larvae of lightning bugs and cicadas.
The pine weevil (Hylobius abietis) actually deposit feces adjacent to each of its egg as anti-feedants.
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Origin and Etymology of weevil
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of weevil for English Language Learners
: a small insect that eats grains and seeds and that can ruin crops
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