Rhynchophora

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Rhynchophora (Zoöl) A group of Coleoptera having a snoutlike head; the snout beetles, curculios, or weevils.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rhynchophora A section of tetramerous coleopterous insects, characterized by the (usual) prolongation of the head into a snout or proboscis (whence the name); the weevils, curculios, or snout-beetles. In Latreille's classification (1807), the Rhynchophora were the first family of the Coleoptera tetramera. They have the palpi typically rigid, without distinct palpariæ, the maxillary four-jointed and the labial three-jointed; labrum typically absent; gular sutures confluent on the median line; prosternum cut off behind by the epimera, and prosternal sutures wanting; and the epipleuræ of the elytra generally wanting. The characteristic beak or rostrum varies from a mere vestige in some of these insects to three times the length of the body. The antennæ are generally elbowed or geniculate, with the basal joint or scape received into a groove or scrobe. The larvæ are legless grubs; some spin a cocoon in which to pupate. This suborder is divided into 3 series, and contains 13 families. The species are all vegetable-feeders except Brachytarsus, which is said to feed on bark-lice. They are very numerous, being estimated at 30,000, and many are among the most injurious insects to farm, garden, and orchard. See also cuts under Anthonomus, Balaninus, Brenthus, Calandra, Conotrachelus, diamond-beetle, Epicærus, Pissodes, and plum-gouger.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.pl Rhynchophora ring-kof′ō-ra a section of tetramerous coleopterous insects: the weevils
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. "ry`gchos snout + fe`rein to carry
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. rhyngchos, snout, pherein, to bear.

Usage

In literature:

Allux: next to the last joint of tarsus; in Rhynchophora.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
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