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alderfly

[awl-der-flahy]
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noun, plural al·der·flies.
  1. any of several dark-colored neuropterous insects of the family Sialidae, the larvae of which are aquatic and predacious on other aquatic insects.
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Origin of alderfly

First recorded in 1820–30; alder + fly2
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British Dictionary definitions for alder fly

alder fly

noun
  1. any of various neuropterous insects of the widely distributed group Sialoidea, such as Sialis lutaria, that have large broad-based hind wings, produce aquatic larvae, and occur near water
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