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plum curculio

  1. See under curculio.
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Origin of plum curculio

First recorded in 1885–90


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.
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Origin of curculio

1750–60; < Latin: weevil, corn worm
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Historical Examples of plum curculio

  • This method will also destroy the plum-curculio in orchards.

    Checking the Waste

    Mary Huston Gregory

  • The plum-curculio (Conotrachelus nenuphar Herbst) is sometimes a troublesome pest of the peach.

British Dictionary definitions for plum curculio


noun plural -lios
  1. any of various American weevils, esp Conotrachelus nenuphar (plum curculio), a pest of fruit trees
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Word Origin for curculio

C18: from Latin: grain weevil
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