boll weevil

  1. a snout beetle, Anthonomus grandis, that attacks the bolls of cotton.

  2. Informal. (especially 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.

Origin of boll weevil

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95

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British Dictionary definitions for boll weevil

boll weevil

  1. a greyish weevil, Anthonomus grandis, of the southern US and Mexico, whose larvae live in and destroy cotton bolls: See also weevil (def. 1)

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