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[kur-kyoo-lee-oh] /kɜrˈkyu liˌoʊ/
noun, plural curculios.
any of several weevils, especially one of the genus Conotrachelus, as C. nenuphar (plum curculio) which feeds on plums, cherries, and other fruits.
Origin of curculio
1750-60; < Latin: weevil, corn worm Unabridged
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  • The plum-orchard is usually the source of supply of curculio and early peaches ought not, therefore, be set with or near plums.

    The Peaches of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • Watch the curculio lay her eggs in the plums, peaches, or cherries.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • The curculio is a native of North America and for more than 150 years has been known as an enemy of fruits.

  • curculio, then as now, almost prohibited the culture of nectarines.

    The Peaches of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • My trees are troubled with flathead borer, and my fruit with codling-moth and curculio.

    The Apple Various
  • Plums will do well also on light land, but are more exposed to injury from the curculio.

    Soil Culture J. H. Walden
  • My trees are troubled with borers, and my apples with curculio.

    The Apple Various
  • I have some trouble with tent-caterpillars, roundheaded borers, fall web-worm, and curculio.

    The Apple Various
  • In the Rhynchophorous or rostrum-bearing beetles (curculio L.) they vary in their situation.

  • Had some canker-worm and curculio, but never tried spraying.

    The Apple Various
British Dictionary definitions for curculio


noun (pl) -lios
any of various American weevils, esp Conotrachelus nenuphar (plum curculio), a pest of fruit trees
Word Origin
C18: from Latin: grain weevil
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