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wee·vil

 (wē′vəl)
n.
Any of numerous beetles of the superfamily Curculionoidea, especially the snout beetles, that characteristically have a downward-curving snout and are destructive to nuts, fruits, stems, and roots.

[Middle English wevel, from Old English wifel; see webh- in Indo-European roots.]

weevil

(ˈwiːvɪl)
n
1. (Animals) Also called: snout beetle any beetle of the family Curculionidae, having an elongated snout (rostrum): they are pests, feeding on plants and plant products. See also boll weevil
2. (Animals) Also called: pea weevil or bean weevil any of various beetles of the family Bruchidae (or Lariidae), the larvae of which live in the seeds of leguminous plants
3. (Animals) any of various similar or related beetles
[Old English wifel; related to Old High German wibil; compare Old Norse tordӯfill dungbeetle]
ˈweevily adj

wee•vil

(ˈwi vəl)

n.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.weevil - any of several families of mostly small beetles that feed on plants and plant productsweevil - any of several families of mostly small beetles that feed on plants and plant products; especially snout beetles and seed beetles
beetle - insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings
snout beetle - small weevil having a prolonged snout; destructive to e.g. grains and nuts
Anthonomus grandis, boll weevil - greyish weevil that lays its eggs in cotton bolls destroying the cotton
darkling beetle, darkling groung beetle, tenebrionid - sluggish hard-bodied black terrestrial weevil whose larvae feed on e.g. decaying plant material or grain
seed beetle, seed weevil - a small beetle that infests the seeds of legumes
black weevil, rice weevil, Sitophylus oryzae - brown weevil that infests stored grain especially rice
Translations
kärsäkäs
zsizsik

weevil

[ˈwiːvl] Ngorgojo m

weevil

[ˈwiːvɪl] ncharançon m

weevil

weevil

[ˈwiːvl] n (Zool) → tonchio
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If you had the pluck of a weevil in a biscuit you would catch them still."
Cato says, the master of a family (patremfamilias) must have in his rustic villa "cellam oleariam, vinariam, dolia multa, uti lubeat caritatem expectare, et rei, et virtuti, et gloriae erit," that is, "an oil and wine cellar, many casks, so that it may be pleasant to expect hard times; it will be for his advantage, and virtue, and glory." I had in my cellar a firkin of potatoes, about two quarts of peas with the weevil in them, and on my shelf a little rice, a jug of molasses, and of rye and Indian meal a peck each.
Tulliver was, on the whole, a man of safe traditional opinions; but on one or two points he had trusted to his unassisted intellect, and had arrived at several questionable conclusions; amongst the rest, that rats, weevils, and lawyers were created by Old Harry.
VINE WEEVIL These beetles can prove devastating to plants, particularly those in pots, but also among strawberry plants.
VINE WEEVIL These beetles can devastate your pot plants and strawberries.
(TAP) -- Tunisia should spare no effort to prevent the introduction of the Red Weevil from Libya, Regional Official in charge of Plant Production and Protection at the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Noureddine Nasr said.
The structural differentiation of rostrum in male and female adults of rice weevil, Sitophilus oryzae was examined under the light and electron microscopes to understand its functional potential in infestation/ovipositional tactics.
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ROME, April 2 (KUNA) -- Eradication of the Red Palm Weevil will be a top priority for the broad cooperation between Kuwait and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) once the latter operates its office in the country, said Director-General Kuwait's Public Authority of Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAF) Faisal Al-Hasawi.
26, 2010, a live adult male weevil was recovered from a secondheavily damaged Canary Island date palm in Laguna Beach.
Thus, unlike to polyvoltine bruchids like Acanthoscelides obtectus SAY and Callosobruchus maculatus (F.), broad bean weevil cannot reproduce and cannot develop in seed storage systems [17].