from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various beetles of the family Scarabaeidae, such as the cockchafer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several scarab beetles, including the cockchafer, leaf chafer and rose chafer
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who chafes.
- n. A vessel for heating water; -- hence, a dish or pan.
- n. A kind of beetle; the cockchafer. The name is also applied to other species.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name commonly given to several species of lamellicorn beetles, Scarabæidæ
- n. One who or that which chafes.
- n. A vessel for heating water, food, etc.; a chafing-dish.
- n. Hence Any dish or pan.
- n. A small portable furnace; a chauffer. E. H. Knight. Also chaffer.
Middle English, a kind of beetle, from Old English ceafor.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Cognate with German Käfer (Wiktionary)