Curculios
Curculio Cur*cu"li*o (k?r-r?"l?-?), n.; pl. {Curculios} (-?z). [L., a grain weevil.] (Zo["o]l.) One of a large group of beetles ({Rhynchophora}) of many genera; -- called also {weevils}, {snout beetles}, {billbeetles}, and {billbugs}. Many of the species are very destructive, as the plum curculio, the corn, grain, and rice weevils, etc. [1913 Webster]

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  • curculio — /kerr kyooh lee oh /, n., pl. curculios. any of several weevils, esp. one of the genus Conotrachelus, as C. nenuphar (plum curculio), which feeds on plums, cherries, and other fruits. [1750 60; < L: weevil, corn worm] * * * ▪ weevil group  any of …   Universalium

  • billbeetles — Curculio Cur*cu li*o (k?r r? l? ?), n.; pl. {Curculios} ( ?z). [L., a grain weevil.] (Zo[ o]l.) One of a large group of beetles ({Rhynchophora}) of many genera; called also {weevils}, {snout beetles}, {billbeetles}, and {billbugs}. Many of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • billbugs — Curculio Cur*cu li*o (k?r r? l? ?), n.; pl. {Curculios} ( ?z). [L., a grain weevil.] (Zo[ o]l.) One of a large group of beetles ({Rhynchophora}) of many genera; called also {weevils}, {snout beetles}, {billbeetles}, and {billbugs}. Many of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Curculio — Cur*cu li*o (k?r r? l? ?), n.; pl. {Curculios} ( ?z). [L., a grain weevil.] (Zo[ o]l.) One of a large group of beetles ({Rhynchophora}) of many genera; called also {weevils}, {snout beetles}, {billbeetles}, and {billbugs}. Many of the species are …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rhynchophora — Rhyn*choph o*ra, n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. ry gchos snout + fe rein to carry.] (Zo[ o]l.) A group of Coleoptera having a snoutlike head; the snout beetles, curculios, or weevils. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • snout beetles — Curculio Cur*cu li*o (k?r r? l? ?), n.; pl. {Curculios} ( ?z). [L., a grain weevil.] (Zo[ o]l.) One of a large group of beetles ({Rhynchophora}) of many genera; called also {weevils}, {snout beetles}, {billbeetles}, and {billbugs}. Many of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • weevils — Curculio Cur*cu li*o (k?r r? l? ?), n.; pl. {Curculios} ( ?z). [L., a grain weevil.] (Zo[ o]l.) One of a large group of beetles ({Rhynchophora}) of many genera; called also {weevils}, {snout beetles}, {billbeetles}, and {billbugs}. Many of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • curculio — [kə: kju:lɪəʊ] noun (plural curculios) chiefly N. Amer. a weevil which is a pest of fruit trees. [Conotrachelus nenuphar (the plum curculio) and other species.] Origin C18: mod. L., corn weevil …   English new terms dictionary

  • curculio — /kɜˈkjulioʊ/ (say ker kyoohleeoh) noun (plural curculios) any of certain snout beetles or weevils of the family Curculionidae, as the species Maleuterpes phytolymus, a root feeding weevil injurious to citrus trees. {Latin: weevil} …   Australian English dictionary

  • curculio — [kər kyo͞o′lē ō΄] n. pl. curculios [ModL < L, grain worm, weevil; akin to circulus: see CIRCLE] any of a family (Curculionidae) of weevils: see WEEVIL …   English World dictionary

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