boll weevil
noun Date: 1895 a usually grayish or brown weevil (Anthonomus grandis grandis) that feeds on the squares and bolls of the cotton plant

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  • boll weevil — ☆ boll weevil n. 1. a small, grayish weevil (Anthonomus grandis) with a long snout, whose larvae, when hatched in the immature bolls of cotton plants, destroy the bolls 2. Slang a conservative Democratic politician from a state of the southern… …   English World dictionary

  • boll weevil — n an insect that eats and destroys cotton plants …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • boll weevil — boll ,weevil noun count an insect that lives in North America and damages cotton plants …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Boll weevil — For other uses, see Boll weevil (disambiguation). Boll Weevil Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia …   Wikipedia

  • boll weevil — 1. a snout beetle, Anthonomus grandis, that attacks the bolls of cotton. 2. Informal. (esp. in the U.S. Congress) a Southern Democrat with conservative views who often votes with the Republicans as part of a Southern or conservative power bloc.… …   Universalium

  • boll weevil — noun greyish weevil that lays its eggs in cotton bolls destroying the cotton • Syn: ↑Anthonomus grandis • Hypernyms: ↑weevil • Member Holonyms: ↑Anthonomus, ↑genus Anthonomus * * * noun, pl ⋯ vils [count] …   Useful english dictionary

  • boll weevil — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms boll weevil : singular boll weevil plural boll weevils an insect that lives in North America and damages cotton plants …   English dictionary

  • boll weevil — boll′ wee′vil n. ent a snout beetle, Anthonomus grandis, that attacks the bolls of cotton • Etymology: 1890–95, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • boll weevil — noun a small weevil which feeds on the fibres of the cotton boll. [Anthonomus grandis.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • boll weevil — noun beetle measuring an average length of six millimeters (¼ inch), which feeds on cotton buds and flowers, native to Central America …   Wiktionary

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