billbug
noun Etymology: 1bill + bug Date: 1861 any of various weevils (as of the genus Sphenophorus) having larvae that eat the roots of cereal and other grasses

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  • billbug — ☆ billbug [bil′bug΄ ] n. [ BILL2 + BUG1] any of certain stout bodied weevils (family Curculionidae) whose larvae feed upon numerous plants, esp. cereal grasses, corn, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Billbug — Billbeetle Bill bee tle, or Billbug Bill bug , n. (Zo[ o]l.) A weevil or curculio of various species, as the corn weevil. See {Curculio}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • billbug — /bil bug /, n. any of several weevils, esp. of the genera Calendra and Sitophilus, that feed on various grasses. [1860 65, Amer.; BILL2 + BUG1] * * * ▪ insect  any stout bodied beetle of the family Curculionidae (insect order Coleoptera) that has …   Universalium

  • billbug — bill•bug [[t]ˈbɪlˌbʌg[/t]] n. ent any of several weevils, esp. of the genus Calendra, that feed on various grasses • Etymology: 1860–65, amer.; bill+bug …   From formal English to slang

  • billbug — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: bill (I) + bug : any of numerous weevils (as members of the genus Calendra) having larvae that are destructive to the roots of grasses and cereal crops …   Useful english dictionary

  • corn billbug — noun : any of several billbugs that feed on maize …   Useful english dictionary

  • maize billbug — noun : a weevil (Sphenophorus maidis) sometimes destructive to corn …   Useful english dictionary

  • palmetto billbug — noun see palmetto weevil …   Useful english dictionary

  • Billbeetle — Bill bee tle, or Billbug Bill bug , n. (Zo[ o]l.) A weevil or curculio of various species, as the corn weevil. See {Curculio}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Curculionidae — Lixus angustatus Scientific classification …   Wikipedia

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