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rose chafer

  1. a tan scarabaeid beetle, Macrodactylus subspinosis, that feeds on the flowers and foliage of roses, grapes, peach trees, etc.
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Origin of rose chafer

First recorded in 1695–1705
Also called rose beetle.
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Historical Examples of rose chafer

  • The Rose-chafer, the Common Cockchafer are but small deer for him.

    The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles

    Jean Henri Fabre

British Dictionary definitions for rose chafer

rose chafer

rose beetle

  1. a British scarabaeid beetle, Cetonia aurata, that has a greenish-golden body with a metallic lustre and feeds on plants
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