Definition of curculio in US English:



North American
  • A beetle of the weevil family, especially one which is a pest of fruit trees.

    Several genera and species in the family Curculionidae, including theplum curculio (Conotrachelus nenuphar)

    • ‘Repellent sprays help, provided the curculios have a flowering crab apple nearby on which to turn their attention.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Normally, controlling pests is my greatest challenge, and the pea curculio is my greatest enemy.’
    • ‘The single most destructive insect pest for Eastern growers - the infamous plum curculio - is unknown in the West.’


Modern Latin, used as the genus name for weevils in the 18th century, now restricted to the nut weevils.