• WordNet 3.6
    • n Bruchus type genus of the Bruchidae
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bruchus A genus of Coleoptera, represented by the peaweevils. It so closely resembles in general appearance the snout-beetles that it is usually classed with the Rhynchophora. Recent investigations have, however, demonstrated the fact that it is much more closely related to the leaf-beetles (Chrysomelidæ), from which it is distinguished only by the distinctly pedunculate submentum. A large number of small species, now subdivided into several genera, are comprised in this genus, all readily recognizable from their squarish form, somewhat narrowing anteriorly; the head being produced into a short beak, and the hind femora usually dilated and in most species toothed. In the larval state they live in the seeds of plants, especially of the family Leguminosæ, as the bean and pea. The holes often observed in peas are made by the perfect bruchus to effect its escape.
    • n bruchus [lowercase] A member of this genus. [The word bruchus is used in the Douay version of the Bible, by literal transcription from the Latin, in several places where the King James version has locust, caterpillar, or cankerworm; the first two are also found in Challoner's revision in some places where the Vulgate has bruchus.]
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In literature:

This curious insect is said to be found on the Banksia, and would probably, with Linnaeus, have been a Bruchus.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia] [Volume 2 of 2]" by Phillip Parker King
In short, the eggs of the Bruchus are laid at random, as though on the wing.
"A Book of Exposition" by Homer Heath Nugent
In short, the eggs of the Bruchus are laid at random, as though on the wing.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre