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Christmas beetle

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Definition of Christmas beetle in English:

noun

Any of a number of South African or Australian cicadas or beetles that are abundant or noticeable during the summer.
Example sentences
  • There are 35 species of Christmas beetles right across Australia, but most prefer the moister east and south easterly areas, especially near the coast.
  • The life cycle of a Christmas beetle is from one to two years.
  • I grew up in Melbourne in the 60s and 70s where Christmas beetles were iridescent.

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