curculio

[kur-kyoo-lee-oh]
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noun, plural cur·cu·li·os.

any of several weevils, especially one of the genus Conotrachelus, as C. nenuphar (plum curculio), which feeds on plums, cherries, and other fruits.

Nearby words

  1. curb weight,
  2. curbing,
  3. curbside,
  4. curbstone,
  5. curch,
  6. curcuma,
  7. curcumin,
  8. curd,
  9. curd cheese,
  10. curdle

Origin of curculio

1750–60; < Latin: weevil, corn worm

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British Dictionary definitions for curculio

curculio

noun plural -lios

any of various American weevils, esp Conotrachelus nenuphar (plum curculio), a pest of fruit trees

Word Origin for curculio

C18: from Latin: grain weevil

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