Meaning of “cockchafer” in the English Dictionary

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"cockchafer" in English

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cockchafernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɒkˌtʃeɪ.fər/ us /ˈkɑːkˌtʃeɪ.fɚ/

Examples from literature

  • A cockchafer came droning over the hedge and past us. 
  • A cockchafer hummed merrily at Anton's ear, and, high in air, the lark was chanting his evening lay. 
  • Still the cockchafer kept on humming, and the lark soared higher in its rapturous song. 
  • Then there were the moths—tiger moths, yellow moths, and horrid cockchafers. 
  • We put him into a large box with some hay in it, and as he still seemed hungry that evening, we gave him a couple of cockchafers from the kitchen, which he appeared to relish mightily. 

(Definition of “cockchafer” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)