Definition of chafer in English:

chafer

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃeɪfə
 
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noun

  • A large flying beetle, the adult and larva of which can be very destructive to foliage and plant roots respectively.
    • Several subfamilies of the family Scarabaeidae.
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    • 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.

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