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.
- 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.
- Example sentences
- Sailors accomplished great feats of exploration on little more than limes and weevily biscuits.
Old English wifel 'beetle', from a Germanic base meaning 'move briskly'.
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