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lanternfly

[ lan-tern-flahy ]
/ ˈlæn tərnˌflaɪ /
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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 + fly1
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British Dictionary definitions for lanternfly

lantern fly

noun
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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