from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several large European scarab beetles of the genus Melolontha, especially M. melolontha, having larvae that damage plant roots and adults that feed on leaves.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The popular name of a very common lamellicorn beetle of Europe, Melolontha vulgaris. Also called May-beetle, May-bug, dor-beetle, and dor-bug.
  • noun Any one of various similar or related beetles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A beetle of the genus Melolontha (esp. Melolontha vulgaris) and allied genera; -- called also May bug, chafer, or dorbeetle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of the large European beetles from the genus Melolontha that are destructive to vegetation.

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

  • noun any of various large European beetles destructive to vegetation as both larvae and adult


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Possibly cock + chafer.]



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  • Haven't read the definition, but oh! that sure sounds painful.

    July 15, 2008

  • "That really chafes my cock!" is my new catchphrase.

    August 20, 2008

  • Tank, you naughty boy!

    August 20, 2008

  • The use of this word really chafes my ass.

    August 20, 2008

  • Well, we do seem to have a few juvenile humorists around here lately.

    August 20, 2008

  • one who practices an extreme form of cockteasing … oh yeah, and a kind of beetle.

    August 20, 2008

  • "'And then if you will, Mr. MacKay, please see that each cell is provided with its own cat. ... Is there something wrong, MacKay?'

    'No, sir,' MacKay replied slowly. 'Only the wee brown beasties do keep down the cockchafers. And with respect, sir, I dinna think the men would care to have a cat takin' all their rats.'

    Grey stared at the man, feeling mildly queasy.

    'The prisoners eat the rats?' ...

    'Only when they're lucky enough to catch one, sir,' MacKay said. 'Perhaps the cats would be a help wi' that, after all. Will that be all for tonight, sir?'"

    —Diana Gabaldon, Voyager (NY: Dell, 1994), 130

    January 14, 2010

  • See dumbledore.

    June 24, 2010

  • "Five hundred and one million of what?" repeated the little prince, who never in his life let go of a question once he had asked it.

    The businessman raised his head.

    "During the fifty-four years that I have been living on this planet, I have only been disturbed three times. The first was twenty-two years ago by a cockschafer who dropped down from goodness knows where. He made the most awful noise and I made four errors in my sums. The second time was eleven years ago by an attack of rheumatism. I don't get enough exercise. I have no time for slacking. I'm a serious man. The third time... well this is it! As I was saying, five hundred and one million..."

    "Million of what?"

    -- Antoine De Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince (Indialog 2006): 58-9

    June 10, 2012

  • "Dame Marigold, as she sat watching him, felt that he was rather like a cockchafer that had just flounced in through the open window, and, with a small, smacking sound, was bouncing itself backwards and forwards against its own shadow on the ceiling – a shadow that looked like a big, black velvety moth."

    Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees, p 35 of the Cold Spring Press paperback edition

    November 27, 2016