One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to, or designating a chafer (beetle) of the family Melolonthidae (now regarded as the subfamily Melolonthinae, family Scarabaeidae).
A chafer (beetle) of the family Melolonthidae.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Ibis: a quarterly journal of ornithology. From scientific Latin Melolonthidae, former family name (W. S. MacLeay Horae Entomologicae I. 80, replacing earlier Melolonthadae attributed to W. E. Leach) from Melolontha + -idae.
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