[ leys-wing ]

  1. 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.

Origin of lacewing

First recorded in 1850–55; lace + wing

Words Nearby lacewing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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British Dictionary definitions for lacewing


/ (ˈleɪsˌwɪŋ) /

  1. 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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