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June bug

or June·bug

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noun
  1. Also called May beetle. any of several large, brown beetles of the genus Phyllophaga, of the scarab family, appearing in late spring and early summer.
  2. green June beetle.
  3. Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S. a firefly.
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Origin of June bug

First recorded in 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for june bug

Historical Examples

  • Perhaps it's the haste that makes the June-bug's untidiness.

    Little Busybodies

    Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody

  • There are several facts about a June-bug that are interesting.

    Little Busybodies

    Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody

  • The preceding summer had been a season remarkable for the ravages of the June-bug.

    The Face of the Fields

    Dallas Lore Sharp

  • No creature larger than a June-bug, however, is often distressed by a chipmunk.

    The Spring of the Year

    Dallas Lore Sharp

  • There is a good deal of what might be called the June-bug style of composition.


British Dictionary definitions for june bug

June bug

June beetle

noun
  1. any of various large brown North American scarabaeid beetles that are common in late spring and early summer, esp any of the genus PolyphyllaAlso called: May beetle, May bug
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