wee·vil (plural wee·vils)


1. destructive beetle with snout: a member of a family of beetles that have an elongated downward-curving snout rostrum. Many weevils are pests, destroying plants and grain. Family Curculionidae.

2. pea or bean pest: a beetle whose larvae live in the seeds of peas and beans. Family Bruchidae, Lariidae.

3. beetle resembling weevil: a beetle similar to a weevil, especially in being likely to eat stored grain. Family Rhynchophora.

[ Old English wifel "beetle" < Indo-European, "move quickly"]

wee·vi·ly adjective
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