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June bug

or June·bug

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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Historical Examples of junebug

  • 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

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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Word Origin and History for junebug

n.

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.).

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