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.

Origin of scorpionfly

First recorded in 1660–70; scorpion + fly2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019