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
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