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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.]
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n, pl -lios
(Animals) any of various American weevils, esp Conotrachelus nenuphar (plum curculio), a pest of fruit trees
[C18: from Latin: grain weevil]
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(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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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.
He works with vegetable pests like cowpea curculio, which has decimated the state's black-eye pea fields.
The same insect pests that feed on other bean crops also target cowpeas, so be on the lookout for Mexican bean beetles, cowpea curculio beetles, aphids, and various stink bugs.
(9) Troncos (y) -- -- x Curculio caryae Horn, Frutos (k) x -- -- 1873 (1,7) Naupactus cervinus Raizes e folhas (n) -- x -- (Boh., 1840) (5,8) Naupactus sp.
Glacial bottleneck and postglacial recolonization of a seed parasitic weevil, Curculio hilgendorfi, inferred from mitochondrial DNA variation.
In the 1890s many smaller growers struggled to afford expensive and elaborate controls to combat pests such as ( San Jose scale and ( plum curculio .
(2008), quienes determinaron la distribucion espacial y mapeo de Curculio elephas Gyllenhal en Quercus ilex Linneo, ellos elaboraron cuatro mapas de densidad, uno por cada ano, utilizando el metodo de la distancia inversa como interpolador del programa Surfer 7; estos mapas indican que el insecto se localizo por toda la parcela con una distribucion espacial agregada.
Determination of larval instars of the camellia weevil, Curculio chinensis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae).
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).