Definition of boll weevil in English:

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boll weevil

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noun

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1A small weevil that feeds on the fibers of the cotton boll. It is a major pest of the American cotton crop.
  • Anthonomus grandis, family Curculionidae.
Example sentences
  • Individual costumes included the stink bug, praying mantis, dragonfly, grubworm, horsefly, gypsy moth, boll weevil, yellow jacket, monarch butterfly, two mean bugs and a nice bug as well as the ever popular maggot.
  • Today, it's not the boll weevil but the pink bollworm that threatens southwestern Pima, nesting inside the bolls, where it is hard to get.
  • One of the top two or three insect pests that the United States has ever had to deal with, the boll weevil has been a major economic and environmental catastrophe, especially in the South.
1.1 informal In the US, a conservative Southern Democrat, especially a member of Congress.

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Syllabification: boll wee·vil

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