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British Dictionary definitions for snipe fly

snipe fly

noun
  1. any of various predatory dipterous flies of the family Leptidae (or Rhagionidae), such as Rhagio scolopacea of Europe, having an elongated body and long legs
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Word Origin

named after the snipe because its flight resembles that of the bird
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