weevil
noun Etymology: Middle English wevel, from Old English wifel; akin to Old High German wibil beetle, Old English wefan to weave Date: before 12th century any of a superfamily (Curculionoidea) of beetles which have the head prolonged into a more or less distinct snout and which include many that are destructive especially as larvae to nuts, fruit, and grain or to living plants; especially any of a family (Curculionidae) having a well-developed snout curved downward with the jaws at the tip and clubbed usually elbowed antennae • weevily or weevilly adjective

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  • Weevil — Wee vil, n. [OE. wivel, wevil, AS. wifel, wibil; akin to OD. wevel, OHG. wibil, wibel, G. wiebel, wibel, and probably to Lith. vabalas beetle, and E. weave. See {Weave}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of snout beetles, or Rhynchophora,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • weevil — O.E. wifel small beetle, from P.Gmc. *webilaz (Cf. O.S. wibil, O.H.G. wibil, Ger. Wiebel beetle, chafer, O.N. tordyfill dung beetle ), cognate with Lith. vabalas beetle, from PIE root *webh to weave, also to move quickly (see …   Etymology dictionary

  • weevil — ► NOUN ▪ a small beetle with an elongated snout, several kinds of which are pests of crops or stored foodstuffs. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • weevil — [wē′vəl] n. [ME wevel < OE wifel, akin to MLowG wevel < IE * webh , to move to and fro, WEAVE] any of various families of beetles (esp. Curculionidae) having the head prolonged into a projecting beak that usually curves downward, and… …   English World dictionary

  • Weevil — This article is about the beetles. For other uses, see Weevil (disambiguation). Weevils Lixus angustatus Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

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  • weevil — /wee veuhl/, n. 1. Also called snout beetle. any of numerous beetles of the family Curculionidae, which have the head prolonged into a snout and which are destructive to nuts, grain, fruit, etc. 2. any of numerous related beetles. [bef. 900; ME… …   Universalium

  • weevil — n. an alfalfa; boll weevil * * * boll weevil an alfalfa …   Combinatory dictionary

  • weevil — [15] Old English had a word wifel ‘beetle’, but this appears to have died out, and weevil was probably borrowed from Middle Low German wevel. Both words had the same ultimate origin, however: prehistoric Germanic *webilaz. It is not clear whether …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • weevil — UK [ˈwiːv(ə)l] / US [ˈwɪv(ə)l] noun [countable] Word forms weevil : singular weevil plural weevils an insect that eats plants and can destroy crops …   English dictionary

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