chafer

noun

cha·​fer ˈchā-fər How to pronounce chafer (audio)
: any of various scarab beetles (such as a cockchafer) that feed on leaves and flowers and whose larvae feed on plant roots

Word History

Etymology

Middle English cheaffer, from Old English ceafor; probably akin to Old English ceafl jowl — more at jowl entry 2

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chafer was before the 12th century

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“Chafer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chafer. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

chafer

noun

cha·​fer ˈchā-fər How to pronounce chafer (audio)
: any of various large beetles

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