Definition of billbug in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbilˌbəɡ/


A typically large weevil that feeds on various grasses and grains.
  • Genus Sphenophorus, subfamily Rhynchophorinae, family Curculionidae: numerous species, including the maize billbug (S. maidis), which can cause serious damage to corn plants and can harm or kill poultry by clamping onto the bird’s throat or tongue.
Example sentences
  • The endophytes make Turf Alive! lawns invulnerable to webworms, billbugs, armyworms, cutworms, aphids and some weevils.
  • If oblong holes in the leaves are detected and the pest is not found, the damage is probably from billbugs.
  • As its name implies, Cruiser Extreme Pak BB / CRW has a higher insecticide rate, which adds control of billbug and corn rootworm.

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Syllabification: bill·bug

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