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
Translations

boll weevil

nBaumwollkapselkäfer m
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Cotton may have been king, but when the infamous boll weevil made its way to America, King Cotton almost lost its throne.
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The governor-elect's meeting with Miller also included discussions on cattle inspection sites in Mexico, wait times at international land ports and boll weevil eradication on both sides of the river.
Both literary and musical worlds also share concerns with regional and experiential consciousness of the area's natural and societal problems: "the flooding of the Mississippi, relationships between paternalist white planters and black sharecroppers, male sexual impotence, incarceration at Parchman Farm, and racial violence, as well as the effects of the boll weevil upon southern agriculture" (22).
Due to its feeding inside the reproductive structures, boll weevil attacks suppress the production of cotton fibers (Degrande, 1991).
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Efforts to eradicate the boll weevil in cotton over the years have been largely successful.