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 for May beetle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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           And what is so rare as a day in June?
           Then, if ever, come perfect days.        --Lowell.
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     June beetle, June bug (Zool.), 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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  May \May\, n. [F. Mai, L. Maius; so named in honor of the
     goddess Maia (Gr. Mai^a), daughter of Atlas and mother of
     Mercury by Jupiter.]
     1. The fifth month of the year, containing thirty-one days.
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     2. The early part or springtime of life.
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              His May of youth, and bloom of lustihood. --Shak.
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     3. (Bot.) The flowers of the hawthorn; -- so called from
        their time of blossoming; also, the hawthorn.
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              The palm and may make country houses gay. --Nash.
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              Plumes that mocked the may.           --Tennyson.
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     4. The merrymaking of May Day. --Tennyson.
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     Italian may (Bot.), a shrubby species of Spiraea
        ({Spiraea hypericifolia) with many clusters of small
        white flowers along the slender branches.
     May apple (Bot.), the fruit of an American plant
        ({Podophyllum peltatum). Also, the plant itself
        (popularly called mandrake), which has two lobed leaves,
        and bears a single egg-shaped fruit at the forking. The
        root and leaves, used in medicine, are powerfully drastic.
     May beetle, May bug (Zool.), any one of numerous species
        of large lamellicorn beetles that appear in the winged
        state in May. They belong to Melolontha, and allied
        genera. Called also June beetle.
     May Day, the first day of May; -- celebrated in the rustic
        parts of England by the crowning of a May queen with a
        garland, and by dancing about a May pole.
     May dew, the morning dew of the first day of May, to which
        magical properties were attributed.
     May flower (Bot.), a plant that flowers in May; also, its
        blossom. See Mayflower, in the vocabulary.
     May fly (Zool.), any species of Ephemera, and allied
        genera; -- so called because the mature flies of many
        species appear in May. See Ephemeral fly, under
     May game, any May-day sport.
     May lady, the queen or lady of May, in old May games.
     May lily (Bot.), the lily of the valley ({Convallaria
     May pole. See Maypole in the Vocabulary.
     May queen, a girl or young woman crowned queen in the
        sports of May Day.
     May thorn, the hawthorn.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  May beetle
      n 1: any of various large European beetles destructive to
           vegetation as both larvae and adult [syn: cockchafer,
           May bug, May beetle, Melolontha melolontha]
      2: 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, June bug, May bug, May

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