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June bug

or Junebug

noun
1.
Also called May beetle. any of several large, brown beetles of the genus Phyllophaga, of the scarab family, appearing in late spring and early summer.
3.
Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S. a firefly.
Origin of June bug
1825-1835
1825-35
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  • No creature larger than a june-bug, however, is often distressed by a chipmunk.

    The Spring of the Year Dallas Lore Sharp
  • There are several facts about a june-bug that are interesting.

    Little Busybodies Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
  • Perhaps it's the haste that makes the june-bug's untidiness.

    Little Busybodies Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
  • The preceding summer had been a season remarkable for the ravages of the june-bug.

    The Face of the Fields Dallas Lore Sharp
  • june-bug: the very common brown beetle whose big white grubs you dig up under the sod and in composts.

    The Spring of the Year Dallas Lore Sharp
  • There is a good deal of what might be called the june-bug style of composition.

  • And the june-bug coming, and more need for money—hence more outside lectures than ever.

    An American Idyll Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • Does not that pile of june-bug bodies on the flat stone leave me still in debt to him?

    The Spring of the Year Dallas Lore Sharp
  • He spent his life seining the air for flying fish of the june-bug order, and then sticking pins through 'em and calling 'em names.

    Options O. Henry
  • The more they eat the sooner they come out into the bright world as a june-bug or some other kind of beetle.

    Little Busybodies Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
British Dictionary definitions for june-bug

June bug

noun
1.
any of various large brown North American scarabaeid beetles that are common in late spring and early summer, esp any of the genus Polyphylla Also called May beetle, May bug
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