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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
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 alsochafer, scarab beetle.