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Any of various plant-eating scarab beetles, such as the rose chafer.

[Middle English, a kind of beetle, from Old English ceafor.]
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(Animals) any of various scarabaeid beetles, such as the cockchafer and rose chafer
[Old English ceafor; related to Old Saxon kevera, Old High German chevar]
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(ˈtʃeɪ fər)

any of various scarab beetles that are pests of plants, as the cockchafer and rose chafer.
[before 1000; Middle English cheaffer, chaver, Old English ceofor; akin to Old Saxon, Middle Dutch kever, Old High German chevar(o)]
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Neither the chafers, the toads, nor the earth-worms, whom they asked about it could give them any information--none of them had been boiled or laid on a silver dish.
The WB Disposable Chafers are perfect for tailgating, home buffets, restaurants, picnics or any other event that require a chafer.
Pakistani fauna of chafers belonging to the tribe Melolonthini is still known only insufficiently.
They go under the names of Japanese beetle, Asiatic Garden beetle and Oriental beetle, together with perhaps more than a few European chafers and their relatives.
Since that time, there have been several revisional works of various taxa that incidentally included Pakistan, e.g., Balthasar (1963a-b, 1964) for Scarabaeinae (dung beetles), Keith (2001) for some Melolonthinae (chafers), Endrodi (1985) for Dynastinae (rhinoceros beetles), and Miksic (1976, 1977, 1982, 1987) for Cetoniinae (flower chafers).
Ye s t e r day, for the first time this year, the chafers, relatives of the dung beetle, descended on the racecourse in droves, showing a tendency to hover between grass and knee level, but also displaying a desire to perch on people, one of which, the Racing Post's betting editor Paul Kealy, had his neck chewed by a particularly aggressive pest.
Now the two get photo submissions of specimens from all over the world, ranging from the common termite to mating Malaysian flower chafers. If you can't figure out what's bugging your garden, look through their extensive photo archive.
Windsor's Roll-Top Chafers are equipped with a Glide Hinge[TM] mechanism that makes opening and closing smooth and easy.
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ADRIENNE SAYS: May bugs or cock chafers are a species of beetle that live in the soil.
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