cockchafer

[kok-chey-fer]
noun
  1. any of certain scarab beetles, especially the European species, Melolontha melolontha, which is very destructive to forest trees.

Origin of cockchafer

1685–95; cock1 (with reference to its size) + chafer
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cockchafer

noun
  1. any of various Old World scarabaeid beetles, esp Melolontha melolontha of Europe, whose larvae feed on crops and grassesAlso called: May beetle, May bug

Word Origin for cockchafer

C18: from cock 1 + chafer
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