weevil

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noun wee·vil \ˈwē-vəl\

Definition of weevil

  1. :  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

weevily

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play \ˈwēv-lē, ˈwē-və-lē\ adjective

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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 century

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WEEVIL Defined for English Language Learners

weevil

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noun wee·vil \ˈwē-vəl\

Definition of weevil for English Language Learners

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


WEEVIL Defined for Kids

weevil

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noun wee·vil \ˈwē-vəl\

Definition of weevil for Students

  1. :  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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