Definition of boll weevil in English:

boll weevil

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noun

  • A small weevil which feeds on the fibres of the cotton boll and is a major pest of the American cotton crop.
    • Anthonomus grandis, family Curculionidae
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    • 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.

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