or dad·dy long·legs

[dad-ee-lawng-legz, -long-]
noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. Also called harvestman. any of numerous spiderlike arachnids of the order Opiliones, having a compact rounded body and extremely long, slender legs.
  2. British. a crane fly.

Origin of daddy-longlegs

First recorded in 1805–15; daddy + long1 + leg + -s3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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