daddy-longlegs

or dad·dy long·legs

[ dad-ee-lawng-legz, -long- ]
/ ˈdæd iˈlɔŋˌlɛgz, -ˈlɒŋ- /
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noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

Also called harvestman. any of numerous spiderlike arachnids of the order Opiliones, having a compact rounded body and extremely long, slender legs.
British. a crane fly.

Origin of daddy-longlegs

First recorded in 1805–15; daddy + long1 + leg + -s3
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daddy-longlegs


noun

British an informal name for a crane fly
Australian, US and Canadian an informal name for harvestman (def. 2)
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