cockchafer

cockchafer
/kok"chay'feuhr/, n.
any of certain scarab beetles, esp. the European species, Melolontha melolontha, which is very destructive to forest trees.
[1685-95; COCK1 (with reference to its size) + CHAFER]

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Large European beetle (Melolontha melolontha) that damages foliage, flowers, and fruit as an adult and plant roots as a larva.

In Britain, the name refers more broadly to any of the beetles in this subfamily (Melolonthinae), which are known in North America as June beetles. See also chafer, scarab beetle.

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insect
also called  common cockchafer,  May bug,  Maybug , or  May beetle 

      a large European beetle that is destructive to foliage, flowers, and fruit as an adult and to plant roots as a larva. In the British Isles, the name “cockchafer” refers more broadly to any of the beetles in the subfamily Melolonthinae (family Scarabaeidae), which are known in North America as June beetles, June bugs, or May beetles. See also chafer; June beetle.

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  • cockchafer — [käk′chāf΄ər] n. [ COCK1 (? because of size) + CHAFER] any of several large European scarab beetles whose grubs live in the soil and feed on the roots of plants …   English World dictionary

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  • cockchafer — [18] Etymologically, cockchafer (a medium sized beetle) is probably a ‘large gnawer’. The second part of the word, which goes back to Old English times (ceafor), can be traced to a prehistoric base *kab ‘gnaw’, source also of English jowl. The… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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  • cockchafer — [18] Etymologically, cockchafer (a medium sized beetle) is probably a ‘large gnawer’. The second part of the word, which goes back to Old English times (ceafor), can be traced to a prehistoric base *kab ‘gnaw’, source also of English jowl. The… …   Word origins

  • cockchafer — noun Etymology: 1cock + chafer Date: 1712 a large European beetle (Melolontha melolontha) destructive to vegetation as an adult and to roots as a larva; also any of various related beetles …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cockchafer — noun Any of the large European beetles from the genus Melolontha that are destructive to vegetation …   Wiktionary

  • cockchafer — cock|chaf|er [ˈkɔkˌtʃeıfə US ˈka:kˌtʃeıfər] n a European ↑beetle (=a kind of insect) that damages trees and plants …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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