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cockchafer

[kok-chey-fer] /ˈkɒkˌtʃeɪ fər/
noun
1.
any of certain scarab beetles, especially the European species, Melolontha melolontha, which is very destructive to forest trees.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; cock1 (with reference to its size) + chafer
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cockchafer

/ˈkɒkˌtʃeɪfə/
noun
1.
any of various Old World scarabaeid beetles, esp Melolontha melolontha of Europe, whose larvae feed on crops and grasses Also called May beetle, May bug
Word Origin
C18: from cock1 + chafer
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