lacewing

[ leys-wing ]
/ ˈleɪsˌwɪŋ /

noun

any of several insects of the family Chrysopidae, having delicate, lacelike wings and golden or copper-colored eyes, the larvae of which are predaceous on aphids and other small insects.

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Origin of lacewing

First recorded in 1850–55; lace + wing
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British Dictionary definitions for lacewing

lacewing
/ (ˈleɪsˌwɪŋ) /

noun

any of various neuropterous insects, esp any of the families Chrysopidae (green lacewings) and Hemerobiidae (brown lacewings), having lacy wings and preying on aphids and similar pests
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