gallfly

[gawl-flahy]

noun, plural gall·flies.

any of various insects that deposit their eggs in plants, causing the formation of galls.

Nearby words

  1. galley,
  2. galley proof,
  3. galley slave,
  4. galley-west,
  5. galleywest,
  6. galli-curci,
  7. galli-curci, amelita,
  8. gallia,
  9. galliambic,
  10. galliano

Origin of gallfly

First recorded in 1815–25; gall3 + fly2

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British Dictionary definitions for gallfly

gallfly

noun plural -flies

any of several small insects that produce galls in plant tissues, such as the gall wasp and gall midge
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