WEEVIL, n. [G.] A small insect that does great damage to wheat or other corn, by eating into the grains and devouring the farinaceous part. This insect is of the beetle kind, somewhat large than a louse.
WEE'VIL, n. [Sax. wefl; G. wibel.]
A small insect that does great damage to wheat or other corn, by eating into the grains and devouring the farinaceous part. – Cyc.
- Any one of numerous species of
snout beetles, or Rhynchophora, in which the head is elongated and usually
curved downward. Many of the species are very injurious to cultivated
plants. The larvæ of some of the species live in nuts, fruit, and
grain by eating out the interior, as the plum weevil, or curculio, the nut
weevils, and the grain weevil (see under Plum, Nut, and
Grain). The larvæ of other species bore under the bark and
into the pith of trees and various other plants, as the pine weevils (see
under Pine). See also Pea weevil, Rice weevil,
Seed weevil, under Pea, Rice, and