• Immature stages of the quince curculio
    Immature stages of the quince curculio
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Curculio (Zoöl) One of a large group of beetles (Rhynchophora) of many genera; -- called also weevils snout beetles billbeetles, and billbugs. Many of the species are very destructive, as the plum curculio, the corn, grain, and rice weevils, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n curculio A Linnean genus of weevils or snout-beetles, formerly conterminous with the Curculionidæ, now greatly restricted or disused.
    • n curculio A weevil; particularly, one of the common fruitweevils which work great destruction among plums, and which receive the colloquial name “little Turk,” from the crescent-shaped mark left by their sting. See cut under Conotrachelus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Curculio kur-kū′li-o the fruit-weevil.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a grain weevil
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Hello, Curculio, I want you!
"The Dramatic Values in Plautus" by Wilton Wallace Blancke
The plum bears heavily and constantly north of Sacramento, and does not suffer from the curculio, and the dried fruit is delicious and wholesome.
"Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands" by Charles Nordhoff
The chickens will keep the plum trees free from the "curculio," a small beetle which is the principal insect pest of this fruit.
"Outdoor Sports and Games" by Claude H. Miller
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the" by Various
The plum-curculio attacks nearly all stone fruits.
"Checking the Waste" by Mary Huston Gregory
CURCULIO BEETLES pass the winter under leaves and grass.
"Apple Growing" by M. C. Burritt
The curculio has an especially interesting method of laying her egg.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
It also attracts butternut curculio to the nursery.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Forty-Second Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
What fruits, with no curculio to sting the rind!
"The Wedding Ring" by T. De Witt Talmage
If left to run wild, the butternut curculios are a serious menace to the butternut, the Japanese walnut and the Persian walnut.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various

In news:

Protect your pear, apple, and plum trees from plum curculio.