noun, plural lan·tern·flies.

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

Origin of lanternfly

First recorded in 1745–55; lantern + fly2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for lantern fly

firefly, fireworm, glowworm, lampyrid, noctiluca

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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