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chafer

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noun cha·fer \ˈchā-fər\

Definition of chafer

  1. :  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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