scorpionfly

or scor·pion fly

[skawr-pee-uh n-flahy]

noun, plural scor·pi·on·flies.

any of several harmless insects of the order Mecoptera, the male of certain species having a reproductive structure that resembles the sting of a scorpion.

Nearby words

  1. scorpion fly,
  2. scorpion grass,
  3. scorpion spider,
  4. scorpion, the,
  5. scorpionfish,
  6. scorpionic,
  7. scorpius,
  8. scorsese,
  9. scorsese, martin,
  10. scot

Origin of scorpionfly

First recorded in 1660–70; scorpion + fly2

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British Dictionary definitions for scorpion fly

scorpion fly

noun

any of various insects of the family Panorpidae, of the N hemisphere, having a scorpion-like but nonvenomous tail in the males, long antennae, and a beaklike snout: order Mecoptera
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