cock-chafer

cockchafer

[kok-chey-fer]
noun
any of certain scarab beetles, especially the European species, Melolontha melolontha, which is very destructive to forest trees.

Origin:
1685–95; cock1 (with reference to its size) + chafer

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cockchafer (ˈkɒkˌtʃeɪfə)
 
n
May beetle, Also called: May bug any of various Old World scarabaeid beetles, esp Melolontha melolontha of Europe, whose larvae feed on crops and grasses
 
[C18: from cock1 + chafer]

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