from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of lamellicorn beetles, referred to the Scarabæidæ, and made type of a subfamily Cetoniinæ, or furnishing the name of a distinct family Cetoniidæ. C. aurata is the rose-beetle or rose-chafer.
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- n. a genus of Cetoniidae
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I kill the cetonias because they are the deadliest foes of the rose; or, rather, as they love the rose, and in loving destroy the flower, I must call the cetonia the most dangerous friend of the rose. "
"Do you know that the cetonia contains poison?" asked I. "What kind of poison?" was the inquiring response, given with great quickness.
The cetonia beetle is the deadliest foe of the rose, destroying it entirely, and since my boyhood, when I used to practise gardening at home, and was taught to kill a cetonia wherever I found it, I could not bear the sight of the glittering, green beetle.
"For instance, to believe that the rose was created by God and the cetonia by the Devil," I replied, smilingly.
All these were carefully arranged and pasted upon the teak board in a wonderful mosaic, the sun-bird's head and wings consisting of red, its neck of blue, and its breast of green cetonia-wings.
Among the C9leopetra, or beetle kind, was an admirable cetonia, claffed by me under the defignation orpheus, on account of a golden lyre moft diftindtly marked on the middle of its back j the colour of the back is an emerald green.
"No. Because the cetonia lives on roses; and of the holy scarabæus