[ lan-tern-flahy ]
/ ˈlæn tərnˌflaɪ /

noun, plural lan·tern·flies.

any of several large tropical insects of the family Fulgoridae, formerly thought to be luminescent.


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Origin of lanternfly

First recorded in 1745–55; lantern + fly2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for lantern fly

lantern fly


any of various tropical insects of the homopterous family Fulgoridae, many species of which have a snoutlike process formerly thought to emit light
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