rose chafer
noun Date: 1704 a common North American scarab beetle (Macrodactylus subspinosus) that feeds on plant roots as a larva and on leaves and flowers (as of rose or grapevines) as an adult — called also rose bug

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  • Rose chafer — Rose Rose, n. [AS. rose, L. rosa, probably akin to Gr. ?, Armor. vard, OPer. vareda; and perhaps to E. wort: cf. F. rose, from the Latin. Cf. {Copperas}, {Rhododendron}.] 1. A flower and shrub of any species of the genus {Rosa}, of which there… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rose chafer — Rose Rose, n. [AS. rose, L. rosa, probably akin to Gr. ?, Armor. vard, OPer. vareda; and perhaps to E. wort: cf. F. rose, from the Latin. Cf. {Copperas}, {Rhododendron}.] 1. A flower and shrub of any species of the genus {Rosa}, of which there… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rose chafer — ☆ rose chafer n. a small North American scarab beetle (Macrodactylus subspinosus) that, as a larva, feeds on plant roots, and, as an adult, on leaves and flowers: also called rose bug …   English World dictionary

  • Rose chafer — At least two beetles are known as the rose chafer: * Cetonia aurata , in Europe * Macrodactylus subspinosus , in North America …   Wikipedia

  • rose chafer — noun a) A metallic green beetle, Cetonia aurata, with a distinct V shaped scutellum, found over central and southern Europe. b) A tan colored beetle, Macrodactylus subspinosus, found in North America. Syn: green rose chafer …   Wiktionary

  • rose chafer — rose′ chaf er n. ent a tan beetle, Macrodactylus subspinosus, that feeds on the flowers and foliage of roses, grapes, peach trees, etc Also called rose′ bee tle. • Etymology: 1695–1705 …   From formal English to slang

  • rose chafer — noun 1. a common metallic green European beetle: larvae feed on plant roots and adults on leaves and flowers of e.g. roses • Syn: ↑rose beetle, ↑Cetonia aurata • Hypernyms: ↑scarabaeid beetle, ↑scarabaeid, ↑scarabaean • Member H …   Useful english dictionary

  • rose-chafer — n. Rose beetle, rose fly (Cetonia aurata) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • rose chafer — a tan scarabaeid beetle, Macrodactylus subspinosis, that feeds on the flowers and foliage of roses, grapes, peach trees, etc. Also called rose beetle. [1695 1705] * * * …   Universalium

  • rose-chafer — …   Useful english dictionary

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