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June bug

or Junebug

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.
Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S. a firefly.
Origin of June bug
1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • I heard Captain Porter tell father that they would be down on us, like a hawk on a junebug, before we see the sun rise again.

    Frank in the Mountains Harry Castlemon
British Dictionary definitions for junebug

June bug

any of various large brown North American scarabaeid beetles that are common in late spring and early summer, esp any of the genus Polyphylla Also called May beetle, May bug
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for junebug

also june bug, 1829, name for various beetles which emerge in adult form and are active in June, first attested in Southern U.S. dialect, from June + bug (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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