from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A coleopterous insect which affects or frequents roses; especially, Cetonia aurata, the common rose-chafer of Great Britain. Also called rose-fly and rose-bug.
  • n. A curculionid beetle, Aramigus fulleri, more fully called Fuller's rose-beetle.
  • n. The rose-chafer of the United States, Macrodactylus subspinosus. See cut under rose-bug.


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  • With one hand he held his pipe to his mouth, and in the other a number of lengths of cotton, to each of which was tied an almond-size rose-beetle, glittering golden green in the sun, all of them flying round his hat with desperate, deep buzzings, trying to escape from the thread tied firmly round their waists.

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  • Its cousin, rose-beetle, is pretty, her body covered with soft, yellow hairs, and she has rose-colored legs.

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  • But handsome is as handsome does, and rose-beetle causes more damage than her clumsy cousin, for Rose feeds on rose-bushes as well as on fruit trees.

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  • At her very feet lay a little rose-beetle turned over on its back; to one side was the skeleton of a large locust broken in two, and everywhere were the remains of slaughtered bees, their wings and legs and sheaths.

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  • She knew very well he was not a rose-beetle; he was a dung-beetle.

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  • You let me think you were a rose-beetle and yesterday the snail told me you are a tumble-bug.

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  • The rose-beetle turned his fan-shaped feelers to one side and let a ray of sunlight glide over them.

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  • In went sulky Mr. Fuzz, and on trundled the ambulance till a golden green rose-beetle was discovered, lying on his back kicking as if in a fit.

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  • As I do not travel at a furious speed I manage to avoid most things, even the wandering loveless oil-beetle and the small rose-beetle and that slow-moving insect tortoise the tumbledung.

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  • Puellis idoneus, he is professedly a lady's man, a rose-beetle, and a fine specimen of a common kind: and he has been that thing, that shining delight of the lap of ladies, for a spell of years, necessitating a certain sparkle of the saccharine crystals preserving him, to conceal the muster.

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