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

Examples of chafer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web May or June beetles: These beetles which are also called chafer beetles, are attracted to lights, according to the insect calendar. Abigail Celaya, The Arizona Republic, 4 May 2024

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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 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

chafer

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

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