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

Examples of weevil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It was legally marketed in France from 1981 until 1990 and was used for three more years in Guadeloupe and Martinique to fight the banana weevil under an exemption granted by the French government. DÁnica Coto, Star Tribune, "French Caribbean fights to keep pesticide case alive," 17 Feb. 2021 That would be Mofeed Abu Shalwa, whose winning images included a red palm weevil and a flower crab spider. Daniel Berehulak, National Geographic, "The best photojournalism of the decade," 23 Oct. 2020 This is either the larvae of the strawberry crown moth (Synanthedon bibionipennis) or root weevil (Otiorhynchus spp.). oregonlive, "Want more flowers on dahlia plantings? Ask an expert," 24 Oct. 2020 The root weevil larvae are white with a tan head, and C-shaped. oregonlive, "Want more flowers on dahlia plantings? Ask an expert," 24 Oct. 2020 The ending, ‘Zyzzyva’, is a paean to a genus of tropical weevil. Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, "Readers share the book endings that infuriated them the most," 24 Oct. 2020 Lateral view of a leaf-roller weevil (Byctiscus betulae). Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American, "Luminous Zebra Fish Wins Contest for Microscopic Photography," 15 Oct. 2020 Floppy fronds on Canary Island palm trees are a sure sign of the deadly, invasive South American palm weevil. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "September chores for home gardeners," 5 Sep. 2020 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW And the other thing that was mentioned commonly was agave snout weevils. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Agave snout weevil: The nemesis of century plants everywhere," 2 Jan. 2020

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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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“Weevil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weevil. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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 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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