curculio

[ kur-kyoo-lee-oh ]
/ kɜrˈkyu liˌoʊ /

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.

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Origin of curculio

1750–60; <Latin: weevil, corn worm
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British Dictionary definitions for curculio

curculio
/ (kɜːˈkjuːlɪˌəʊ) /

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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