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wee·vil

 (wē′vəl)
n.
Any of numerous beetles of the superfamily Curculionoidea, especially the snout beetles, that characteristically have a downward-curving snout and are destructive to nuts, fruits, stems, and roots.

[Middle English wevel, from Old English wifel; see webh- in Indo-European roots.]

weevil

(ˈwiːvɪl)
n
1. (Animals) Also called: snout beetle any beetle of the family Curculionidae, having an elongated snout (rostrum): they are pests, feeding on plants and plant products. See also boll weevil
2. (Animals) Also called: pea weevil or bean weevil any of various beetles of the family Bruchidae (or Lariidae), the larvae of which live in the seeds of leguminous plants
3. (Animals) any of various similar or related beetles
[Old English wifel; related to Old High German wibil; compare Old Norse tordӯfill dungbeetle]
ˈweevily adj

wee•vil

(ˈwi vəl)

n.
any of numerous beetles of the family Curculionidae, having the head prolonged into a snout, and destructive to nuts, grain, fruit, etc.
Also called snout beetle.
[before 900; Middle English wevel, Old English wifel, c. Old Saxon goldwivil glowworm, Old High German wibil beetle; perhaps akin to wave]
wee′vil•y, wee′vil•ly, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.weevil - any of several families of mostly small beetles that feed on plants and plant productsweevil - any of several families of mostly small beetles that feed on plants and plant products; especially snout beetles and seed beetles
beetle - insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings
snout beetle - small weevil having a prolonged snout; destructive to e.g. grains and nuts
Anthonomus grandis, boll weevil - greyish weevil that lays its eggs in cotton bolls destroying the cotton
darkling beetle, darkling groung beetle, tenebrionid - sluggish hard-bodied black terrestrial weevil whose larvae feed on e.g. decaying plant material or grain
seed beetle, seed weevil - a small beetle that infests the seeds of legumes
black weevil, rice weevil, Sitophylus oryzae - brown weevil that infests stored grain especially rice
Translations
kärsäkäs
zsizsik

weevil

[ˈwiːvl] Ngorgojo m

weevil

[ˈwiːvɪl] ncharançon m

weevil

weevil

[ˈwiːvl] n (Zool) → tonchio
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Tulliver was, on the whole, a man of safe traditional opinions; but on one or two points he had trusted to his unassisted intellect, and had arrived at several questionable conclusions; amongst the rest, that rats, weevils, and lawyers were created by Old Harry.
If you had the pluck of a weevil in a biscuit you would catch them still.
I had in my cellar a firkin of potatoes, about two quarts of peas with the weevil in them, and on my shelf a little rice, a jug of molasses, and of rye and Indian meal a peck each.
The announcement was to prevent farmers from transferring palm trees and their saplings containing red palm weevils to healthy areas.
AN invasion of French weevils could wreck British pear crops.
Neil Muir, forest manager for NRW, said: "Pine weevils can have a devastating impact on young trees.
On mild spring or summer evenings, inspect plants and walls by torchlight and pick off the adult weevils, which are black with dull yellow markings.
With the help of well-defined mouthparts in the apex of the rostrum, weevils chew and swallow food through the tunnel in the rostrum.
Damage of bean seeds by bean weevils commonly occurs in production where damage can constitute from 3% to 70% recording differences between cultivars [14].
Adult boll weevils prefer the reproductive structures, where they feed and lay eggs and where the larvae develop to pupal stage (Showler, 2004).