cockchafer

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cock·cha·fer

noun \ˈkäk-ˌchā-fər\

Definition of COCKCHAFER

:  a large European beetle (Melolontha melolontha) destructive to vegetation as an adult and to roots as a larva; also :  any of various related beetles

Origin of COCKCHAFER

1cock + chafer
First Known Use: 1712

cockchafer

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Large European beetle (Melolontha melolontha) that damages foliage, flowers, and fruit as an adult and plant roots as a larva. In Britain, the name refers more broadly to any of the beetles in this subfamily (Melolonthinae), which are known in North America as June beetles. See also chafer, scarab beetle.

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