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

  Weevil \Wee"vil\, n. [OE. wivel, wevil, AS. wifel, wibil; akin
     to OD. wevel, OHG. wibil, wibel, G. wiebel, wibel, and
     probably to Lith. vabalas beetle, and E. weave. See Weave.]
     Any one of numerous species of snout beetles, or
     Rhynchophora, in which the head is elongated and usually
     curved downward. Many of the species are very injurious to
     cultivated plants. The larvae of some of the species live in
     nuts, fruit, and grain by eating out the interior, as the
     plum weevil, or curculio, the nut weevils, and the grain
     weevil (see under Plum, Nut, and Grain). The larvae of
     other species bore under the bark and into the pith of trees
     and various other plants, as the pine weevils (see under
     Pine). See also Pea weevil, Rice weevil, Seed weevil,
     under Pea, Rice, and Seed.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: any of several families of mostly small beetles that feed
           on plants and plant products; especially snout beetles and
           seed beetles

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