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ˈwi vəlwee·vil

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. weevilnoun

    any of several families of mostly small beetles that feed on plants and plant products; especially snout beetles and seed beetles

Wiktionary

  1. weevilnoun

    Any of several small herbivorous beetles in the superfamily Curculionoidea. Many of them have a distinctive snout.

    Etymology: From Middle English wevel, from Old English wifel, from wibilaz (cf. Dutch torttortwevel ‘dung beetle’, Low German Scharnwevel ‘id.’, German Wiebel ‘beetle, chafer’), from webʰel (cf. Lithuanian vãbalas ‘beetle, weevil’, Russian dialect веблица), from webʰ-. More at weave and wave.

  2. weevilnoun

    Any of several small herbivorous beetles in the family Curculionidae belonging to the superfamily Curculionoidea.

    Etymology: From Middle English wevel, from Old English wifel, from wibilaz (cf. Dutch torttortwevel ‘dung beetle’, Low German Scharnwevel ‘id.’, German Wiebel ‘beetle, chafer’), from webʰel (cf. Lithuanian vãbalas ‘beetle, weevil’, Russian dialect веблица), from webʰ-. More at weave and wave.

  3. weevilnoun

    Any of several similar but more distantly related beetles such as the biscuit weevil.

    Etymology: From Middle English wevel, from Old English wifel, from wibilaz (cf. Dutch torttortwevel ‘dung beetle’, Low German Scharnwevel ‘id.’, German Wiebel ‘beetle, chafer’), from webʰel (cf. Lithuanian vãbalas ‘beetle, weevil’, Russian dialect веблица), from webʰ-. More at weave and wave.

Wikipedia

  1. Weevil

    Weevils are beetles belonging to the superfamily Curculionoidea, known for their elongated snouts. They are usually small, less than 6 mm (1⁄4 in) in length, and herbivorous. About 97,000 species of weevils are known. They belong to several families, with most of them in the family Curculionidae (the true weevils). Some other beetles, although not closely related, bear the name "weevil", such as the biscuit weevil (Stegobium paniceum), which belongs to the family Ptinidae. Many weevils are considered pests because of their ability to damage and kill crops. The grain or wheat weevil (Sitophilus granarius) damages stored grain, as does the maize weevil (Sitophilus zeamais) among others. The boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis) attacks cotton crops; it lays its eggs inside cotton bolls and the larvae eat their way out. Other weevils are used for biological control of invasive plants. A weevil's rostrum, or elongated snout, hosts chewing mouthparts instead of the piercing mouthparts that proboscis-possessing insects are known for. The mouthparts are often used to excavate tunnels into grains. In more derived weevils, the rostrum has a groove in which the weevil can fold the first segment of its antennae. Some weevils have the ability to fly, such as the rice weevil.One species of weevil, Austroplatypus incompertus, exhibits eusociality, one of the few insects outside the Hymenoptera and the Isoptera to do so.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Weevilnoun

    any one of numerous species of snout beetles, or Rhynchophora, in which the head is elongated and usually curved downward. Many of the species are very injurious to cultivated plants. The larvae of some of the species live in nuts, fruit, and grain by eating out the interior, as the plum weevil, or curculio, the nut weevils, and the grain weevil (see under Plum, Nut, and Grain). The larvae of other species bore under the bark and into the pith of trees and various other plants, as the pine weevils (see under Pine). See also Pea weevil, Rice weevil, Seed weevil, under Pea, Rice, and Seed

    Etymology: [OE. wivel, wevil, AS. wifel, wibil; akin to OD. wevel, OHG. wibil, wibel, G. wiebel, wibel, and probably to Lith. vabalas beetle, and E. weave. See Weave.]

Freebase

  1. Weevil

    A weevil is any beetle from the Curculionoidea superfamily. They are usually small, less than 6 millimetres, and herbivorous. There are over 60,000 species in several families, mostly in the family Curculionidae. Some other beetles, although not closely related, bear the name "weevil", such as the biscuit weevil, which belongs to the family Anobiidae. Many weevils are damaging to crops. The grain or wheat weevil damages stored grain. The boll weevil attacks cotton crops. It lays its eggs inside cotton bolls, and the young weevils eat their way out. Weevils are often found in dry foods including nuts and seeds, cereal and grain products, such as pancake mix. In the domestic setting, they are most likely to be observed when a bag of flour is opened. Their presence is often indicated by the granules of the infested item sticking together in strings, as if caught in a cobweb.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Weevil

    wēv′il, n. a popular name for a large number of beetles, with the anterior part of the head prolonged into a beak or proboscis, feeding upon plants: any insect injurious to stored grain.—adjs. Weev′iled, Weev′illed, Weev′ily, Weev′illy, infested by weevils. [A.S. wifel; Ger. wiebel.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. weevil

    [from the Anglo-Saxon wefl]. Curculio, a coleopterous insect which perforates and destroys biscuit, wood, &c.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of weevil in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of weevil in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of weevil in a Sentence

  1. Joseph White:

    Barack Obama came to office in a crisis, but the Republicans were nowhere near as demoralized, barack Obama did not have on the GOP side anyone like' Boll Weevil' Democrats with whom to bargain. Republican elites and voters united in opposition to him -- if anything they got more extreme.

  2. Joseph White:

    Obama came to office in a crisis, but the Republicans were nowhere near as demoralized, he did not have on the GOP side anyone like 'Boll Weevil' Democrats with whom to bargain. Republican elites and voters united in opposition to him -- if anything they got more extreme.

  3. Phillip Arnold:

    The pecan weevil is probably considered one of the most devastating or one of the most damaging to pecans.

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