- Rhymes: -iːvəl
From Middle English wevel, from Old English wifel, from Proto-Germanic *wibilaz (compare Dutch tortwevel (“dung beetle”), Low German Scharnwevel, German Wiebel (“beetle, chafer”)), from Proto-Indo-European *webʰel (compare Lithuanian vãbalas (“beetle, weevil”), dialectal Russian веблица (veblica, “intestinal worm”)), from Proto-Indo-European *webʰ-, *h₁webʰ- (“to weave, wave”). More at weave and wave.
weevil (plural weevils)
- Any of several small herbivorous beetles in the superfamily Curculionoidea. Many of them have a distinctive snout.
- Any of several small herbivorous beetles in the family Curculionidae belonging to the superfamily Curculionoidea.
- Any of several similar but more distantly related beetles such as the biscuit weevil.
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