- any of certain scarab beetles, especially the European species, Melolontha melolontha, which is very destructive to forest trees.
Origin of cockchafer
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"They turned into cockchafer beetles, as a matter of fact," said Ulyth drily.For the Sake of the School</p>
Now he wanted to know exactly how often his son had visited the Cockchafer?
The only thing was that the Cockchafer, whatever one might say about it, was a public-house.
Loman was returning from one of his now frequent visits to the Cockchafer.
He returned with him to Maltby, and there spent an hour in the Cockchafer.
- any of various Old World scarabaeid beetles, esp Melolontha melolontha of Europe, whose larvae feed on crops and grassesAlso called: May beetle, May bug
C18: from cock 1 + chafer
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