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.]
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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]
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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]
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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
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Translations

cockchafer

[ˈkɒkˌtʃeɪfəʳ] Nabejorro m
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cockchafer

nMaikäfer m
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cockchafer

[ˈkɒkˌtʃeɪfəʳ] nmaggiolino
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References in periodicals archive ?
The rare forest chafer beetle, Melolontha hippocastani, was found at White Park Bay, Co Antrim, during the biggest survey yet of nature on the UK's coast.
Make love not war: a common arthropod defense compound as sex pheromone in the forest cockchafer Melolontha hippocastani. Oecologia, 128: 44-47.