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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]
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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.
Southerners love crowder, purple hull and black-eyed peas; so do cowpea curculios, a weevil that feeds on Southern peas.
Spatial and temporal within canopy distribution of egglaying by plum curculios on apples in relation to tree size.
Destroying dockweed near rhubarb may be helpful in controlling curculios.
The analysis also showed that location of the treatment plots within the 'Loring' orchard did not have any significant effect on the number of plum curculios that emerged from the treatments in 2008 ([F.
The pecan weevil (Curculio caryae), the hickorynut curculios (Conotrachelus affinis and C.
Attractive to rose curculios William 1999 Good resistance to Booth both black spot and powdery mildew Cultivar Comments Adelaide Tends to droop from heavy Hoodless clusters if not staked up; excel- lent en masse; light fragrance.
Leaf-footed stink bugs, plum curculios and brown rot fungus seem bent on consuming or befouling the fruits of your labor.
Curculios that attack the young fruits and shoots of walnut and hickory.
Rose curculios cause damage to flower buds and flowers.
Adult plum curculios migrate in early spring from overwintering sites in adjacent woods to infest peach orchards (Snapp 1930; Yonce et al.