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chafer

[chey-fer] /ˈtʃeɪ fər/
noun
1.
any scarabaeid beetle.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English cheaffer, chaver, Old English ceofor; akin to German Käfer
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chafer

/ˈtʃeɪfə/
noun
1.
any of various scarabaeid beetles, such as the cockchafer and rose chafer
Word Origin
Old English ceafor; related to Old Saxon kevera, Old High German chevar
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Word Origin and History for chafer
n.

kind of beetle, Old English ceafor "beetle, cock-chafer," from Proto-Germanic *kabraz- (cf. Old Saxon kevera, Dutch kever, Old High German chevar, German Käfer), literally "gnawer," from PIE *gep(h)- "jaw, mouth" (see jowl (n.1)).

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