Definition of chafer in English:



  • A large flying beetle, the adult and larva of which can be very destructive to foliage and plant roots respectively.

    Several subfamilies of the family Scarabaeidae. See also and cockchafer

    • ‘The grubs that you see in the lawn are the larvae of Japanese beetles, June beetles, and chafers.’
    • ‘The pollinators of Asclepias woodii and Sisyranthus trichostomus were chafers (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniini) belonging to two species, Atrichelaphinis tigrina and Cyrtothyrea marginalis.’
    • ‘Adult chafers begin emerging in late May and early June at the time of grape bloom.’
    • ‘Aphids, chafer beetles and boring insects find roses to their liking.’
    • ‘Masked chafers or annual white grubs (1-year life cycle) have pearly white eggs laid by the tan beetle female in July.’


Old English ceafor, cefer, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kever.