weevil

Definitions

  • Corn Weevil (Calandra) and larva
    Corn Weevil (Calandra) and larva
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n weevil any of several families of mostly small beetles that feed on plants and plant products; especially snout beetles and seed beetles
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Weevil (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of snout beetles, or Rhynchophora, in which the head is elongated and usually curved downward. Many of the species are very injurious to cultivated plants. The larvæ of some of the species live in nuts, fruit, and grain by eating out the interior, as the plum weevil, or curculio, the nut weevils, and the grain weevil (see under Plum Nut, and Grain). The larvæ of other species bore under the bark and into the pith of trees and various other plants, as the pine weevils (see under Pine). See also Pea weevil Rice weevil Seed weevil, under Pea Rice, and Seed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n weevil A snout-beetle; any coleopterous insect of the section Rhynchophora (which see). The term is more properly restricted to the long-snouted forms of the family Curculionidæ, but is also extended (beyond the Rhynchophora) to the family Bruchidæ. The weevils are almost exclusively plant-feeders; most of them live in nuts, grains, the Stems of plants, rolled-up leaves, catkins, or fruit, while others are leaf-miners, and a few live in gall-like excrescences on the stems or roots of plants. Brachytarsus contains the only carnivorous forms, and these are said to live on bark-lice. Some forms are sub-aquatic, as the water-weevil, Lissorhoptrus simplex. See phrases following, and cuts under Anthonomus, Balaninus, bean-weevil, Bruchus, Calandra, clover-weevil, Conotrachelus, diamond-beetle, Epicærus, pea-weevil, Pissodes, plum-gouger, Rhynchophora, and seed-weevil.
    • n weevil Any insect which damages stored grain, as the fly-weevil, a local name in the southern United States for the grain-moth, Gelechia cerealella. See grain-moth, 2.
    • n weevil The larva of the wheat-midge, Diplosis tritici. Also called red weevil.
    • n weevil Phytonomus punctatus, whose larvæ feed on the leaves of clover in Europe and the United States.
    • n weevil Sitones crinitus and S. flavescens, which feed upon the leaves of clover in Europe, their larvæ boring in the roots. The latter has been introduced into the United States.
    • n weevil Otiorhynchus sulcatus and O. picipes, which feed upon the leaves and shoots of the grape in Europe.
    • n weevil Rhynchites betuleti, a formidable grape-pest in Europe, which rolls the leaves of the vine.
    • n weevil Anthonomus musculus, the adult of which destroys the blossoms and flower-stalks of the strawberry in the eastern United States.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Weevil wēv′il a popular name for a large number of beetles, with the anterior part of the head prolonged into a beak or proboscis, feeding upon plants: any insect injurious to stored grain
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wivel, wevil, AS. wifel, wibil,; akin to OD. wevel, OHG. wibil, wibel, G. wiebel, wibel, and probably to Lith. vabalas, beetle, and E. weave,. See Weave
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wifel; Ger. wiebel.

Usage

In literature:

I admitted that ours were usually very much infested with the hazel weevil.
"Growing Nuts in the North" by Carl Weschcke
I have often found our weevil in such a winter refuge.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
Repeat the treatment if any weevils are found alive.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
Why weevilled bread and Yankee leather.
"The Shanty Book, Part I, Sailor Shanties" by Richard Runciman Terry
He taps mechanically now, but he learned the habit when it was necessary to knock out the weevils.
"Marmaduke Merry" by William H. G. Kingston
A beetle called a weevil is the creature which puts the fat worms there.
"Little Busybodies" by Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
Where the ground can be flooded for several days this will also exterminate the weevil.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
The weevil (curculio) was bad enough last year so we are spraying this year.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
An old expression for eaten by weevils.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
In like manner sterile queens, and those whose dwelling is ravaged by weevils, depart; and are followed by all their bees.
"New observations on the natural history of bees" by Francis Huber
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In poetry:

Oh, be not anxious; trouble grows
When cherished like a secret grief;
It is the worm within the rose
That eats the heart out leaf by leaf;
And though the outer covering be fair,
The weevil of decay is busy there.
"Be not Anxious" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Boll weevil eradication to be voted on again.
The third of four informational meetings on a new boll weevil eradication proposal was held at the Manila Community Center on Wednesday morning.
Boll weevil eradication vote coming once again.
Diamond Weevil's Rainbow Bling Really Is Diamond.
Egypt's Morsi: Powers aimed at ex-regime 'weevils'.
We have chestnut weevils .
They've caught over 12,000 weevils this year.
Some report that they recover their costs after only a season or two of not having to fight weevils .
In the Northwest Plains and Northern Rolling Plains zones, weevils have been reduction by 78 and 88 percent, respectively, despite significant migration from other areas, Allen said.
It's appropriate, because we do have weevils in our alfalfa again this year.
A member of the Secret Order Of Boll Weevils hangs beads on a tiger sculpture while the order's 'Mobile Party Unit' passes by during the University of Memphis Alumni Association's Family and Friends Homecoming Parade.
Boll Weevils start GAC slate with loss.
"There are weevils eating away at the nation of Egypt," he said, pointing to old regime loyalists he accused of using ...
Every gun-toting, beer-swigging, fun-loving yeehaw from here to Boll Weevil, South Carolina, soon will be descending upon South Florida in pursuit of the $1,500 grand prize for harvesting the most Burmese pythons.
In this case, the friend is a plant-eating insect-the stem-mining weevil.
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