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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.
(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]
any of certain scarab beetles, esp. the European species, Melolontha melolontha, which is destructive to forest trees.
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|Noun||1.||cockchafer - 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