One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A beetle of the weevil family, especially one which is a pest of fruit trees.
- ‘Normally, controlling pests is my greatest challenge, and the pea curculio is my greatest enemy.’
- ‘The three main insect pests that damage apple fruits are apple maggot flies, plum curculio, and codling moth.’
- ‘Now scientists have identified a natural odor, or pheromone, released by the male curculio weevil that attracts both males and females.’
- ‘The single most destructive insect pest for Eastern growers - the infamous plum curculio - is unknown in the West.’
- ‘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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