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Any of numerous weevils chiefly of the family Curculionidae, having a long slender snout and antennae with an elbow-like bend.
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(Animals) another name for weevil1
[C19: so named because of its long proboscis]
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any of numerous beetles of the family Curculionidae, having the head prolonged into a snout, and destructive to nuts, grain, fruit, etc.Also called snout beetle.
[before 900; Middle English wevel, Old English wifel, c. Old Saxon goldwivil glowworm, Old High German wibil beetle; perhaps akin to wave]
wee′vil•y, wee′vil•ly, adj.
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|Noun||1.||snout beetle - small weevil having a prolonged snout; destructive to e.g. grains and nuts|
weevil - any of several families of mostly small beetles that feed on plants and plant products; especially snout beetles and seed beetles
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