chafer

noun
cha·​fer | \ˈchā-fər \

Definition of chafer 

: any of various scarab beetles (such as a cockchafer) that feed on leaves and flowers and whose larvae feed on plant roots

First Known Use of chafer

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chafer

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

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