Origin of weevilMiddle English wevel from Old English wifel, akin to Middle Low German wevel from Indo-European an unverified form webh-, to move to and fro, weave
Origin of weevilMiddle English wevel from Old English wifel ; see webh- in Indo-European roots.
citrus root weevil
- 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.
From Middle English wevel, from Old English wifel, from Proto-Germanic *wibilaz (compare Dutch tortwevel, Low German Scharnwevel, German Wiebel (“beetle, chafer")), from Proto-Indo-European *webÊ°el (compare Lithuanian vÃ£balas (“beetle, weevil"), dialectal Russian Ð²ÐµÐ±Ð»Ð¸Ñ†Ð° (veblica, “intestinal worm")), from Proto-Indo-European *webÊ°-, *hâ‚webÊ°- (“to weave, wave"). More at weave and wave.