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
weevillyplay \ˈwēv-lē, ˈwē-və-lē\ adjective
Recent Examples of weevil from the Web
Guth's photography turns a blue-and-black New Guinea clown weevil into a goofy, awkward monster, every hair on its antennae visible.
But a certain type of weevil is helping to restore Lake Bistineau, a Northwest Louisiana waterbody that has been devastated by the proliferation of giant salvinia, a noxious, exotic weed that has no natural checks in Louisiana.
A particular synthetic blend was developed specifically for the boll weevil.
The collection itself has two main themes: weevils and planthoppers.
Rather, the story goes, African-Americans left in 1912 because of the boll weevil or, if there was violence, the Klan.
Standing in his field, Nilakanti watched boll weevils pop up their heads as if in a greeting and then resume their business of eating away his cotton crop.
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Origin and Etymology of weevil
Middle English wevel, from Old English wifel; akin to Old High German wibil beetle, Old English wefan to weave
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
WEEVIL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of weevil for English Language Learners
: a small insect that eats grains and seeds and that can ruin crops
WEEVIL Defined for Kids
Definition of weevil for Students
: 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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