Definition of cockchafer in English:

cockchafer

noun

  • A large brown European beetle that flies at dusk and often crashes into lighted windows. The adults are damaging to foliage and flowers, and the larvae are a pest of cereal and grass roots.

    chafer
    • ‘What a pleasant change from the labourer's unvarying meal of bread, lard, and bacon would be a good dish of fried cockchafers or grasshoppers!’
    • ‘At peak abundance, cockchafers reached densities of more than 50 individuals per meter of twig on some fruit trees and on shrubs.’

Origin

Early 18th century: from cock (expressing size or vigor) + chafer.

Pronunciation:

cockchafer

/ˈkäkˌCHāfər/