One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to the former group Rhynchophora (now the superfamily Curculionoidea) of beetles having the head prolonged into a beak or snout, comprising the weevils and related forms.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in William Kirby (1759–1850), entomologist and naturalist. From either scientific Latin Rhynchophora, group name (from rhyncho- + ancient Greek -ϕορος + scientific Latin -a) or scientific Latin Rhynchophorus, genus name (Herbst, 1795; from rhyncho- + ancient Greek -ϕορος) + -ous.
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