cockchafer

noun
cock·​cha·​fer | \ ˈkäk-ˌchā-fər How to pronounce cockchafer (audio) \

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

First Known Use of cockchafer

1712, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cockchafer

cock entry 1 + chafer

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“Cockchafer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cockchafer. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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