Definition of Japanese beetle in English:

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Japanese beetle

noun

A metallic green and copper chafer that is a pest of fruit and foliage as an adult and of grass roots as a larva. It is native to Japan but has spread elsewhere.
  • Popillia japonica, family Scarabaeidae.
Example sentences
  • Adult Japanese beetles have a metallic green head and thorax with coppery brown wing covers and five tufts of white hair on each side of the abdomen.
  • The grubs that you see in the lawn are the larvae of Japanese beetles, June beetles, and chafers.
  • State and federal government agencies blanketed neighborhoods with poisons in an attempt to eradicate pests like gypsy moths and Japanese beetles.

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Syllabification: Jap·a·nese bee·tle

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