noun \ˈchā-fər\

Definition of CHAFER

:  any of various scarab beetles (as a cockchafer) that feed on leaves and flowers and whose larvae feed on plant roots

Origin of CHAFER

Middle English cheaffer, from Old English ceafor; probably akin to Old English ceafl jowl — more at jowl
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with CHAFER


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Rose chafer (Macrodactylus subspinosus)—Grant Heilman

Any of several species of scarab beetle (most in the subfamily Melolonthinae). Adult leaf chafers (genus Macrodactylus) eat foliage; the female deposits her eggs in the soil, and the larvae live underground for years, feeding on plant roots. The well-known rose chafer, a tan, long-legged beetle, feeds on the flowers and foliage of grapes, roses, and other plants. Poultry that eat rose-chafer grubs may be poisoned.


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