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 for Rice weevil
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rice \Rice\, n. [F. riz (cf. Pr. ris, It. riso), L. oryza, Gr.
     ???, ???, probably from the Persian; cf. OPers. br[imac]zi,
     akin to Skr. vr[imac]hi; or perh. akin to E. rye. Cf. Rye.]
     A well-known cereal grass ({Oryza sativa) and its seed. This
     plant is extensively cultivated in warm climates, and the
     grain forms a large portion of the food of the inhabitants.
     In America it grows chiefly on low, moist land, which can be
     [1913 Webster]
     Ant rice. (Bot.) See under Ant.
     French rice. (Bot.) See Amelcorn.
     Indian rice., a tall reedlike water grass ({Zizania
        aquatica), bearing panicles of a long, slender grain,
        much used for food by North American Indians. It is common
        in shallow water in the Northern States. Called also
        water oat, Canadian wild rice, etc.
     Mountain rice, any species of an American genus
        ({Oryzopsis) of grasses, somewhat resembling rice.
     Rice bunting. (Zool.) Same as Ricebird.
     Rice hen (Zool.), the Florida gallinule.
     Rice mouse (Zool.), a large dark-colored field mouse
        ({Calomys palistris) of the Southern United States.
     Rice paper, a kind of thin, delicate paper, brought from
        China, -- used for painting upon, and for the manufacture
        of fancy articles. It is made by cutting the pith of a
        large herb ({Fatsia papyrifera, related to the ginseng)
        into one roll or sheet, which is flattened out under
        pressure. Called also pith paper.
     Rice troupial (Zool.), the bobolink.
     Rice water, a drink for invalids made by boiling a small
        quantity of rice in water.
     Rice-water discharge (Med.), a liquid, resembling rice
        water in appearance, which is vomited, and discharged from
        the bowels, in cholera.
     Rice+weevil+(Zool.),+a+small+beetle+({Calandra+oryzae">Rice weevil (Zool.), a small beetle ({Calandra oryzae, or
        Sitophilus oryzae) which destroys rice, wheat, and
        Indian corn by eating out the interior; -- called also
        black weevil.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  rice weevil
      n 1: brown weevil that infests stored grain especially rice
           [syn: rice weevil, black weevil, Sitophylus oryzae]

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