Definition of curculio in English:


Syllabification: cur·cu·li·o
Pronunciation: /kərˈkyo͞olēˌō

noun (plural curculios)

chiefly North American
A beetle of the weevil family, especially one that is a pest of fruit trees.
  • Several genera and species in the family Curculionidae, including theplum curculio (Conotrachelus nenuphar)
More example sentences
  • 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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