boll weevil

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boll weevil

n.
1. A small gray or brown weevil (Anthonomus grandis) of southern North America and Central America that damages cotton crops by laying eggs in and feeding on buds and bolls.
2. Informal A conservative white Southern Democrat in the US House of Representatives, especially during the second half of the 20th century.

boll weevil

n
(Animals) a greyish weevil, Anthonomus grandis, of the southern US and Mexico, whose larvae live in and destroy cotton bolls. See also weevil1

boll′ wee′vil


n.
a snout beetle, Anthonomus grandis, that attacks the bolls of cotton.
[1890–95, Amer.]

boll weevil

- From Old English wifel, "beetle," and boll, the pod of the cotton plant, which this beetle attacks.
See also related terms for pod.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.boll weevil - greyish weevil that lays its eggs in cotton bolls destroying the cottonboll weevil - greyish weevil that lays its eggs in cotton bolls destroying the cotton
weevil - any of several families of mostly small beetles that feed on plants and plant products; especially snout beetles and seed beetles
Anthonomus, genus Anthonomus - weevils destructive of cultivated plants
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boll weevil

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