a snout beetle, Anthonomus grandis, that attacks the bolls of cotton.
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
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
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The boll-weevil is a beetle about a quarter of an inch in length.
They seemed to have the pip, or glanders, or boll-weevil, or something unpleasant.
The boll-weevil, like the legal and medical professions, thrives upon the follies of humanity.
The control of the boll-weevil is considered one of the most serious problems confronting the agricultural men of the country.
British Dictionary definitions for boll weevil
a greyish weevil, Anthonomus grandis, of the southern US and Mexico, whose larvae live in and destroy cotton bollsSee also weevil (def. 1)
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