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crane fly

noun

  1. any of numerous nonbiting insects constituting the family Tipulidae, inhabiting damp areas and resembling a large mosquito with extremely long legs.


crane fly

noun

  1. any dipterous fly of the family Tipulidae, having long legs, slender wings, and a narrow body Also called (Brit)daddy-longlegs


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Other Words From

  • crane-fly adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of crane fly1

First recorded in 1650–60
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Example Sentences

They also eat crane-fly larvae, which are often very destructive in grass lands and wheat fields.

Then there is the crane-fly, whose balancers you can see quite easily.

Crane-fly (Tipula oleracea), a, female; b, larva ('leather-jacket' grub).

Crane-fly larvae are frequently seriously destructive locally in grass and wheat fields.

On cutting off both the poisers of a crane-fly, he says it was unable either to fly or walk.

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