chafer

chafer

[chey-fer]
noun
any scarabaeid beetle.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English cheaffer, chaver, Old English ceofor; akin to German Käfer

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chafer (ˈtʃeɪfə)
 
n
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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chafer
"kind of beetle," O.E. ceafor, from P.Gmc. *kabraz-, lit. "gnawer," PIE *geph- "jaw, mouth."
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