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noun, plural lan·tern·flies.
  1. 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
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British Dictionary definitions for lantern fly

lantern fly

  1. 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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