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crane fly

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

First recorded in 1650–60
Related formscrane-fly, adjective
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Examples from the Web for crane fly

Historical Examples

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

    The Animal World, A Book of Natural History

    Theodore Wood

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

    Our Vanishing Wild Life

    William T. Hornaday

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

  • He next, therefore, cut off the poisers of a crane-fly (Tipula crocata), and found that it buzzed when it moved the wing.

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

    The Life-Story of Insects

    Geo. H. Carpenter

British Dictionary definitions for crane fly

crane fly

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