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

  • n. A long-legged gray North American beetle (Macrodactylus subspinosus) that causes damage to the roots, leaves, and blossoms of garden plants, especially roses. Also called rose beetle, rose bug.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A metallic-green beetle, Cetonia aurata, with a distinct V-shaped scutellum, found over central and southern Europe.
  • n. A tan-colored beetle, Macrodactylus subspinosus, found in North America.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A common European beetle (Cetonia aurata) which is often very injurious to rosebushes; -- called also rose beetle, and rose fly. (b) The rose beetle (a).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as rose-beetle or rose-bug.

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

  • n. a common metallic green European beetle: larvae feed on plant roots and adults on leaves and flowers of e.g. roses
  • n. common North American beetle: larvae feed on roots and adults on leaves and flowers of e.g. rose bushes or apple trees or grape vines


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