june bug

noun, often capitalized J

Definition of june bug

: any of numerous rather large leaf-eating scarab beetles (subfamily Melolonthinae) that fly chiefly in late spring and have larvae that are white grubs which live in soil and feed chiefly on the roots of grasses and other plants

called also june beetle

First Known Use of june bug

circa 1831, in the meaning defined above

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“June bug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/june%20bug. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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