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Either of two scarab beetles, Macrodactylus subspinosus of North America or Cetonia aurata of Europe, that cause damage to the roots, leaves, and blossoms of roses, grapes, and other plants. Also called rose beetle, rose bug.
(Animals) a British scarabaeid beetle, Cetonia aurata, that has a greenish-golden body with a metallic lustre and feeds on plants
a tan beetle, Macrodactylus subspinosus, that feeds on the flowers and foliage of roses, grapes, peach trees, etc. Also called rose′ bee`tle.
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|Noun||1.||rose chafer - a common metallic green European beetle: larvae feed on plant roots and adults on leaves and flowers of e.g. roses|
scarabaean, scarabaeid, scarabaeid beetle - any of numerous species of stout-bodied beetles having heads with horny spikes
|2.||rose chafer - common North American beetle: larvae feed on roots and adults on leaves and flowers of e.g. rose bushes or apple trees or grape vines|
melolonthid beetle - any of various beetles of the family (or subfamily) Melolonthidae