from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various European beetles of the family Scarabaeidae, especially Melolontha melolontha, which is destructive to plants.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of the large European beetles from the genus Melolontha that are destructive to vegetation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A beetle of the genus Melolontha (esp. Melolontha vulgaris) and allied genera; -- called also May bug, chafer, or dorbeetle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The popular name of a very common lamellicorn beetle of Europe, Melolontha vulgaris. Also called May-beetle, May-bug, dor-beetle, and dor-bug.
- n. Any one of various similar or related beetles.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various large European beetles destructive to vegetation as both larvae and adult
The common beetle called cockchafer is here known only as the _oak-web_, and a smaller beetle as _fern-web_.
A cockchafer came droning over the hedge and past us.
M. de Bargeton pervaded the house like a cockchafer; it never entered his head that his wife could wish to be alone with Lucien.
His name was that of a tiny estate called les Canquoelles, a word meaning cockchafer in some districts, situated in the department of Vaucluse, whence he had come.
There you sit rustling my dress like a cockchafer in a paper-bag, and making me laugh with contempt.
Bargeton held him fast by this clue, as a child holds a cockchafer by a string.
I am safely ... my character is safely in his own bed, but it threatens to become his bride's bed too, so my reluctant bridegroom imagines sending his properly decked-out body to the wedding while he remains at home, unable to venture beyond his blankets, because -- well -- because he is a large beetle, a stag beetle or cockchafer, I think ...
The Signora spitted him, as a boy does a cockchafer on a cork, that she might enjoy the energetic agony of his gyrations.
All this the signora understood, and felt much interest as she saw her cockchafer whirl round upon her pin.
A cockchafer buzzed by, a moth flew in his face, the music stopped, and little Jon drew his head in.