Definition of weevil in English:

weevil

Line breaks: wee¦vil
Pronunciation: /ˈwiːv(ə)l
 
, ˈwiːvɪl
 
/

noun

  • 1A small beetle with an elongated snout, the larvae of which typically develop inside seeds, stems, or other plant parts. Many are pests of crops or stored foodstuffs.
    • Curculionidae and other families in the superfamily Curculionoidea: numerous genera
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    • Weevils bore through the stem and eat the pith within, and beetle larvae bore through the roots.
    • Although they are more usually a problem with plants grown in pots, vine weevils will attack plants growing out in the garden.
    • I was surprised when the Royal Horticultural Society named the vine weevil as the worst pest in the garden last year.
  • 1.1 informal Any small insect that damages stored grain.
    More example sentences
    • Why was nothing was done to fumigate the grain and protect it from weevils?

Derivatives

weevily

adjective
More example sentences
  • Sailors accomplished great feats of exploration on little more than limes and weevily biscuits.

Origin

Old English wifel 'beetle', from a Germanic base meaning 'move briskly'.

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