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n. pl. cur·cu·li·os
A snout beetle, especially one that is a pest of fruit trees.

[New Latin Curculiō, type genus, from Latin curculiō, a kind of weevil.]


n, pl -lios
(Animals) any of various American weevils, esp Conotrachelus nenuphar (plum curculio), a pest of fruit trees
[C18: from Latin: grain weevil]


(kɜrˈkyu liˌoʊ)

n., pl. -li•os.
any of several weevils, esp. of the genus Conotrachelus, that feed on fruits.
[1750–60; < Latin: weevil, corn worm]
References in classic literature ?
In plants the down on the fruit and the colour of the flesh are considered by botanists as characters of the most trifling importance: yet we hear from an excellent horticulturist, Downing, that in the United States smooth-skinned fruits suffer far more from a beetle, a curculio, than those with down; that purple plums suffer far more from a certain disease than yellow plums; whereas another disease attacks yellow-fleshed peaches far more than those with other coloured flesh.
Glacial bottleneck and postglacial recolonization of a seed parasitic weevil, Curculio hilgendorfi, inferred from mitochondrial DNA variation.
Ese es el caso de la vieja guardiana del burdel de Curculio, todo un dechado de fealdad, lujuria y aficion al vino, una vieja borracha de libro, precedente perfecto de Celestina.
Determination of larval instars of the camellia weevil, Curculio chinensis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae).
These little pests are the larvae of insects in the Conotrachelus and Curculio genera.
Curculio Curculis lupus: biology, behavior and morphology of immatures of the cannibal weevil Anchylorhynchus eriospathae G.
Members of the genus Metarhizium (Metschnikoff) Sorokin, also called green muscardine fungi, have been used against wheat chafer beetles Anisoplia austriaca and sugar beet curculio, Cleonus punctiventris (Metschnikoff, 1884; Lord, 2005).
Occasionally she may be under contract with a young man (the sort sought in Asinaria, Bacchides, and Cistellaria), while in other plays, the young man seeks to purchase the girl outright for his own use (Adelphoe, Curculio, Epidicus, Mercator, Mostellaria, Pseudolus, Rudens).
The cowpea curculio is typically found in the southern part of the United States.
Effects of combining an entomopathogenic fungi or bacterium with entomopathogenic nematodes on mortality of Curculio caryae (Coleoptera:Curculionidae).
Key pests impact production of nuts, such as the pecan nut casebearer Acrobasis nuxvorella Neunzig, the hickory shuckworm Cydia caryana (Fitch), the pecan weevil Curculio caryae (Horn), and numerous species of stink bugs; secondary pests attack the foliage, such as the pecan aphids Monellia caryella (Fitch), Melanocallis caryaefoliae (Davis), and Monelliopsis pecanis Bissell, the pecan phylloxera Phylloxera sp.
The chalky barrier helps protect apples from plum curculio, codling moth, apple maggot, apple sawfly and other pests, as well as from sunburn and heat stress.