noun (plural curculios)chiefly North American
A beetle of the weevil family, especially one which is a pest of fruit trees.
- Several genera and species in the family Curculionidae, including the plum curculio (Conotrachelus nenuphar).
- Now scientists have identified a natural odor, or pheromone, released by the male curculio weevil that attracts both males and females.
- The three main insect pests that damage apple fruits are apple maggot flies, plum curculio, and codling moth.
- Repellent sprays help, provided the curculios have a flowering crab apple nearby on which to turn their attention.
Modern Latin, used as the genus name for weevils in the 18th century, now restricted to the nut weevils.
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