Definition of chafer in English:

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chafer

Pronunciation: /ˈCHāfər/

noun

A flying beetle, the adult and larva of which can be very destructive to foliage and plant roots respectively.
  • Several subfamilies of the family Scarabaeidae. See also cockchafer.
Example sentences
  • The grubs that you see in the lawn are the larvae of Japanese beetles, June beetles, and chafers.
  • The pollinators of Asclepias woodii and Sisyranthus trichostomus were chafers (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniini) belonging to two species, Atrichelaphinis tigrina and Cyrtothyrea marginalis.
  • Adult chafers begin emerging in late May and early June at the time of grape bloom.

Origin

Old English ceafor, cefer, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kever.

Words that rhyme with chafer

trefa, wafer

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: chaf·er

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