cockchafer

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cock·chaf·er

 (kŏk′chā′fər)
n.
Any of several large European scarab beetles of the genus Melolontha, especially M. melolontha, having larvae that damage plant roots and adults that feed on leaves.

[Possibly cock + chafer.]

cockchafer

(ˈkɒkˌtʃeɪfə)
n
(Animals) any of various Old World scarabaeid beetles, esp Melolontha melolontha of Europe, whose larvae feed on crops and grasses. Also called: May beetle or May bug
[C18: from cock1 + chafer]

cock•chaf•er

(ˈkɒkˌtʃeɪ fər)

n.
any of certain scarab beetles, esp. the European species, Melolontha melolontha, which is destructive to forest trees.
[1685–95; cock1 (with reference to its size) + chafer]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cockchafer - any of various large European beetles destructive to vegetation as both larvae and adultcockchafer - any of various large European beetles destructive to vegetation as both larvae and adult
melolonthid beetle - any of various beetles of the family (or subfamily) Melolonthidae
genus Melolontha, Melolontha - a genus of Melolonthidae
Translations

cockchafer

[ˈkɒkˌtʃeɪfəʳ] Nabejorro m

cockchafer

nMaikäfer m

cockchafer

[ˈkɒkˌtʃeɪfəʳ] nmaggiolino
References in classic literature ?
My learned friend's manner would be intolerable in an emperor to a black-beetle,"' quoted Beverley.
She opened her mouth wide with the pain, and I saw the beast lying across her tongue, and out of its body, which was almost bitten in two, came a hideous white-looking substance, oozing out into Norma's mouth; it was of the consistency of a crushed black-beetle.
No more than the life of a louse, of a black-beetle, less in fact because the old woman is doing harm.