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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. See june beetle.
  • n. A firefly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the northern United States, a beetle of any one of the numerous species of the genus Lachnosterna, as L. fusca, common in the whole country.
  • n. In the southern United States, a beetle very different from the preceding, Allorhina nitida, a large, smooth, greenish, species of the cetonian group of Scarabæidæ, which appears in June, and the larvæ of which resemble those of the northern June-bug in habits and appearance, being likewise known as white-grubs. See cut under Allorhina. Also Juny-bug.
  • n. One of various European beetles of the genus Rhinotrogus, related to Lachno-sterna.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various large usually brown North American leaf-eating beetles common in late spring; the larvae feed on roots of grasses etc.


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