cockchafer definition

  • noun:
    • some of numerous European beetles of this family members Scarabaeidae, specially Melolontha melolontha, which is destructive to plants.
    • Any of the large European beetles from genus Melolontha which are destructive to plant life.
    • A beetle of this genus Melolontha (esp. Melolontha vulgaris) and allied genera; -- called additionally may-bug, chafer, or dorbeetle.
    • the favorite title of an extremely common lamellicorn beetle of European countries, Melolontha vulgaris. Also called May-beetle, May-bug, dor-beetle, and dor-bug.
    • anybody of various similar or associated beetles.
    • any one of different big European beetles destructive to plant life as both larvae and person

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