[ shad-flahy ]
/ ˈʃædˌflaɪ /
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noun, plural shad·flies.
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Origin of shadfly
An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; so called because they hatch at the time of year when shad are running
Words nearby shadfly
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How to use shadfly in a sentence
We met with ephemer (shadfly) midway, about a mile from the shore, and they evidently fly over the whole lake.The Maine Woods|Henry David Thoreau