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.Also called snout beetle
- ‘Damage to stored grain by the lesser grain borer, rice weevil, red flour beetle, and rusty grain beetle costs the U.S. wheat industry about $500 million annually.’
- ‘This particular species of weevil is a pest on peas.’
- ‘Hazelnuts are prone to attack from a pest called the nut weevil.’
- ‘There was apparently no organization tasked with looking at current and potential effects of the weevil on cotton crops throughout the United States.’
- ‘Weevils bore through the stem and eat the pith within, and beetle larvae bore through the roots.’
- ‘I was surprised when the Royal Horticultural Society named the vine weevil as the worst pest in the garden last year.’
- ‘Alfalfa weevils have been serious pests of alfalfa in Nebraska for some time.’
- ‘The weevil larvae feed at the base of the flower and interfere with seed production.’
- ‘Although they are more usually a problem with plants grown in pots, vine weevils will attack plants growing out in the garden.’
- ‘The alfalfa weevil larvae spend nearly all their time on the plant.’
- ‘Fungal diseases cause infected larvae to crawl to the tops of the plants where the dead weevils will be easy to see.’
- ‘Researchers at some locations focus on beneficial insects like wasps to control insect pests such as alfalfa weevils or gypsy moths.’
- ‘The weevil larvae become adults in 17 to 28 days, depending on the weather.’
- ‘Fisher believes this new device will revolutionize detection of root-feeding pests like the weevil.’
- 1.1informal Any small insect that damages stored grain.
- ‘Why was nothing was done to fumigate the grain and protect it from weevils?’
Old English wifel ‘beetle’, from a Germanic base meaning ‘move briskly’.
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