June bug
June June, n. [L. Junius: cf. F. Juin. So called either from Junius, the name of a Roman gens, or from Juno, the goddess.] The sixth month of the year, containing thirty days. [1913 Webster]

And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days. --Lowell. [1913 Webster]

{June beetle}, {June bug} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of large brown beetles of the genus {Lachnosterna} and related genera; -- so called because they begin to fly, in the northern United States, about the first of June. The larv[ae] of the June beetles live under ground, and feed upon the roots of grasses and other plants. Called also {May bug} or {May beetle}.

{June grass} (Bot.), a New England name for Kentucky blue grass. See {Blue glass}, and Illustration in Appendix. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • June bug — can refer to: * Phyllophaga , a genus of beetles in the subfamily Melolonthinae of the family Scarabaeidae, also known as June bugs or June Beetles * the Green June beetle ( Cotinis nitida ) of the southeastern United States * Figeater beetle (… …   Wikipedia

  • June bug — n. (Zo[ o].) 1. See {june beetle}. [PJC] 2. A {firefly}. [Chiefly Northern U. S.] [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • June bug — June′ bug or June′bug n. ent any of several large brown beetles of the genus Phyllophaga, of the scarab family, appearing in late spring and early summer • Etymology: 1825–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • June bug — or June beetle n. ☆ 1. any of several large scarab beetles (genus Phyllophaga) appearing in May or June in the N U.S.: also June beetle ☆ 2. FIGEATER …   English World dictionary

  • June bug — noun any of various large usually brown North American leaf eating beetles common in late spring; the larvae feed on roots of grasses etc. • Syn: ↑June beetle, ↑May bug, ↑May beetle • Hypernyms: ↑scarabaeid beetle, ↑scarabaeid, ↑scarabaean …   Useful english dictionary

  • June bug — Dor Dor, n. [Cf. AS. dora drone, locust, D. tor beetle, L. taurus a kind of beetle. Cf. {Dormouse}.] (Zo[ o]l.) A large European scaraboid beetle ({Geotrupes stercorarius}), which makes a droning noise while flying. The name is also applied to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • June bug — /ˈdʒun bʌg/ (say joohn bug) noun 1. (in the northern United States) any of the large brown scarabaeid beetles of the genus Phyllophaga (Lachnosterna), which appear about June. 2. (in the southern United States) a large, greenish scarabaeid beetle …   Australian English dictionary

  • june bug — noun Usage: often capitalized J Date: 1829 any of numerous rather large leaf eating scarab beetles (subfamily Melolonthinae) that fly chiefly in late spring and have larvae that are white grubs which live in soil and feed chiefly on the roots of… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • June bug — 1. Also called May beetle. any of several large, brown beetles of the genus Phyllophaga, of the scarab family, appearing in late spring and early summer. 2. See green June beetle. 3. Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S. a firefly. Also,… …   Universalium

  • June bug — noun chiefly N. Amer. a chafer or similar beetle which often flies in June …   English new terms dictionary

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