sawfly

[ saw-flahy ]
/ ˈsɔˌflaɪ /

noun, plural saw·flies.

any of numerous hymenopterous insects of the family Tenthredinidae, the female of which has a sawlike ovipositor for inserting the eggs in the tissues of a host plant.

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Origin of sawfly

First recorded in 1765–75; saw1 + fly2
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sawfly
/ (ˈsɔːˌflaɪ) /

noun plural -flies

any of various hymenopterous insects of the family Tenthredinidae and related families, the females of which have a sawlike ovipositor
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