Using last week as a precedent, I’ve decided to write every Monday about my interpretation of an entomologically-related Chinese word. This week we have xiàngbíchóng:
You may ask: 为什么？ Well, because this word is for the weevil beetle (which represents the family Curculionidae). For those who have not had the pleasure of gazing upon such a creature, here is a fine specimen:
(Alex Wild Photography)
The word xiàng means “elephant” and the word bí means “nose”. So the Chinese, in their infinite wisdom, named the weevil “elephant-nosed insect”. A lot better name than weevil, if you ask me. Although I’m sure “weevil” means something too, but English is boring.