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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 ?
Later on, all the other cockchafers who lived in the same tree came to pay calls; they examined Thumbelina closely, and remarked, 'Why, she has only two legs
The cockchafers flew clumsily about, falling to the ground when they collided with anything.
s Aunt in a swing, had become entangled with cockchafers and the wine trade.
Then there were the moths--tiger moths, yellow moths, and horrid cockchafers.
In very tender years, when he still wore a lace border under his outdoor cap, he was often observed peeping through the bars of a gate and making minatory gestures with his small forefinger while he scolded the sheep with an inarticulate burr, intended to strike terror into their astonished minds; indicating thus early that desire for mastery over the inferior animals, wild and domestic, including cockchafers, neighbors' dogs, and small sisters, which in all ages has been an attribute of so much promise for the fortunes of our race.
A cockchafer came droning over the hedge and past us.
The dolt," said Jehan Frollo of the Mill, to his friend Robin Poussepain (for the two students had followed the culprit, as was to have been expected), "he understands no more than a cockchafer shut up in a box
A cockchafer darting by close to my ear with a loud hum sends a shiver through me, partly of pleasure at the reminder of past summers, and partly of fear lest he should get caught in my hair.