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cockchafer

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Noun
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cock=chaf=er

CIDE DICTIONARY

cockchafern. [See Chafer the beetle.].
     A beetle of the genus Melolontha (esp. Melolontha vulgaris) and allied genera; -- called also May bug, chafer, or dorbeetle.  [1913 Webster]

OXFORD DICTIONARY

cockchafer, n. a large nocturnal beetle, Melolontha melolontha, which feeds on leaves and whose larva feeds on roots of crops etc. Also called May-bug.

Etymology
perh. f. COCK(1) as expressing size or vigour + CHAFER

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