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scorpionfly

or scor·pion fly

[ skawr-pee-uhn-flahy ]

noun

, plural scor·pi·on·flies.
  1. 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.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of scorpionfly1

First recorded in 1660–70; scorpion + fly 1

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