noun, plural cur·cu·li·os.
  1. 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for curculio

Historical Examples of curculio

  • Watch the curculio lay her eggs in the plums, peaches, or cherries.

    Agriculture for Beginners

    Charles William Burkett

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

  • Two of the best of these are the 'Curculio' and the 'Epidicus.'

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

    Soil Culture

    J. H. Walden

  • I spray with London purple and lime, with a pump, just after the fruit is formed, for web-worm and curculio.

    The Apple


British Dictionary definitions for curculio


noun plural -lios
  1. 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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