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Meaning of boll weevil

boll' wee'vil

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a snout beetle, Anthonomus grandis, that attacks the bolls of cotton.
  2. (esp. in the U.S. Congress) a Southern Democrat with conservative views who often votes with the Republicans as part of a Southern or conservative power bloc.
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