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.

Origin of crane fly

First recorded in 1650–60
Related formscrane-fly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for crane fly

crane fly

noun
  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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