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Latin, a grain weevil.


curculio (plural curculios)

  1. Any of the genus Curculio of weevils.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for curculio in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


Alternative forms[edit]


Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (to bend, curve, turn)[1]. Cognate with English shrink, and Latin carcer, curvus and cancer.


curculiō f (genitive curculiōnis); third declension

  1. weevil


Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative curculiō curculiōnēs
genitive curculiōnis curculiōnum
dative curculiōnī curculiōnibus
accusative curculiōnem curculiōnēs
ablative curculiōne curculiōnibus
vocative curculiō curculiōnēs



  • curculio in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “curculio”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • curculio in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • curculio in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  1. ^ Walde, Alois; Hofmann, Johann Baptist (1938), “curculio”, in Lateinisches etymologisches Wörterbuch (in German), volume 1, 3rd edition, Heidelberg: Carl Winter, page 314