any of certain scarab beetles, especially the European species, Melolontha melolontha, which is very destructive to forest trees.
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How to use cockchafer in a sentence
The red cups that grew in the moss held as much dew as she wanted, and the cockchafer had taught her how to get honey.The Olive Fairy Book | Various
A cockchafer buzzed by, a moth flew in his face, the music stopped, and little Jon drew his head in.The Forsyte Saga, Volume III. | John Galsworthy
Before taking its flight, the cockchafer agitates its wings for some minutes, and inflates its abdomen with air.
Certain larv, such as those of the cockchafer, eat away the roots of vegetables, and so destroy the harvests.
But the cockchafer steers badly when it flies; it knocks itself at each instant against obstacles it meets with.
British Dictionary definitions for cockchafer
any of various Old World scarabaeid beetles, esp Melolontha melolontha of Europe, whose larvae feed on crops and grasses: Also called: May beetle, May bug
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