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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

boll′ wee′vil(n.)

  1. a snout beetle, Anthonomus grandis, that attacks the bolls of cotton.

    Category: Entomology

Origin of boll weevil:

1890–95, Amer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. boll weevil, Anthonomus grandis(noun)

    greyish weevil that lays its eggs in cotton bolls destroying the cotton

Wiktionary

  1. boll weevil(Noun)

    beetle measuring an average length of six millimeters (u00BC inch), which feeds on cotton buds and flowers, native to Central America

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  1. Boll weevil

    The boll weevil is a beetle measuring an average length of six millimeters, which feeds on cotton buds and flowers. Thought to be native to Central America, it migrated into the United States from Mexico in the late 19th century and had infested all U.S. cotton-growing areas by the 1920s, devastating the industry and the people working in the American south. During the late 20th century it became a serious pest in South America as well. Since 1978, the Boll Weevil Eradication Program in the U.S. allowed full-scale cultivation to resume in many regions.

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