Meaning of cockchafer in English:

cockchafer

noun

  • A large brown European beetle which flies at dusk and is a destructive plant pest, both as an adult and a larva.

    Melolontha melolontha, family Scarabaeidae

    ‘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!’
    Also called May bug
    ‘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 vigour) + chafer.

Pronunciation

cockchafer

/ˈkɒkˌtʃeɪfə/