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rose beetle

  1. rose chafer.
  2. Fuller rose beetle.
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Origin of rose beetle

First recorded in 1775–85
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for rose beetle

Historical Examples

  • She knew very well he was not a rose-beetle; he was a dung-beetle.

    The Adventures of Maya the Bee

    Waldemar Bonsels

  • The rose-beetle (Cetonia aurata), Rsel informs us he fed with fruit and moist white bread for as long a period.

  • The rose-beetle turned his fan-shaped feelers to one side and let a ray of sunlight glide over them.

  • You let me think you were a rose-beetle and yesterday the snail told me you are a tumble-bug.