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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kok-chey-fer]
    • /ˈkɒkˌtʃeɪ fər/
    • /ˈkɒkˌtʃeɪ.fər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kok-chey-fer]
    • /ˈkɒkˌtʃeɪ fər/

Definitions of cockchafer word

  • noun cockchafer any of various Old World scarabaeid beetles, esp Melolontha melolontha of Europe, whose larvae feed on crops and grasses 3
  • noun cockchafer any of several large European scarab beetles whose grubs live in the soil and feed on the roots of plants 3
  • noun cockchafer any of certain scarab beetles, especially the European species, Melolontha melolontha, which is very destructive to forest trees. 1
  • noun cockchafer 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. 1
  • noun cockchafer Any of the large European beetles from the genus Melolontha that are destructive to vegetation. 0

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Origin of cockchafer

First appearance:

before 1685
One of the 48% oldest English words
1685-95; cock1 (with reference to its size) + chafer

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Parts of speech for Cockchafer


cockchafer popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 53% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 66% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

cockchafer usage trend in Literature

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Top questions with cockchafer

  • what is a cockchafer?

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