alderfly
alderfly al"der*fly`, Alder fly Al"der fly 1. Any of numerous dark-colored neuropterous insects of the genus {Sialis} or allied genera. They have predaceous aquatic larv[ae], which are used for bait. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. (Angling) An artificial fly with brown mottled wings, body of peacock harl, and black legs. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


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  • alderfly — [ôl′dər flī΄] n. [ ALDER + FLY2: prob. so called because they inhabit alders along shore] any of a family (Sialidae) of weak flying neuropteran insects found near running water and having aquatic larvae that are often used as fishing bait …   English World dictionary

  • Alderfly — Taxobox name = Alderflies image width = 240px image caption = Adult Sialis lutaria regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda subphylum = Hexapoda classis = Insecta subclassis = Pterygota infraclassis = Neoptera superordo = Endopterygota or… …   Wikipedia

  • alderfly — /awl deuhr fluy /, n., pl. alderflies. any of several dark colored neuropterous insects of the family Sialidae, the larvae of which are aquatic and predacious on other aquatic insects. [1820 30; ALDER + FLY2] * * * ▪ insect  any insect of the… …   Universalium

  • alderfly — n. neuropterous insects of the family Sialidae characterized by their dark color …   English contemporary dictionary

  • alderfly — noun (plural alderflies) a brownish winged insect that lives near water and has predatory aquatic larvae. [Sialis and other genera.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • alderfly — /ˈɔldəflaɪ/ (say awlduhfluy) noun (plural alderflies) any member of the insect order Megaloptera, the aquatic larvae of which are often used as fishing flies. {alder + fly2} …   Australian English dictionary

  • alderfly — noun dark colored insect having predaceous aquatic larvae • Syn: ↑alder fly, ↑Sialis lutaria • Hypernyms: ↑neuropteron, ↑neuropteran, ↑neuropterous insect • Member Holonyms: ↑Sialis …   Useful english dictionary

  • Alder fly — alderfly al der*fly , Alder fly Al der fly 1. Any of numerous dark colored neuropterous insects of the genus {Sialis} or allied genera. They have predaceous aquatic larv[ae], which are used for bait. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. (Angling) An… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • neuropteran — /noo rop teuhr euhn, nyoo /, adj. 1. neuropterous. n. 2. Also, neuropteron. a neuropterous insect. [1835 45; < NL Neuropter(a), neut. pl. of neuropterus (see NEUROPTEROUS) + AN] * * * ▪ insect Introduction       any of a group of insects commonly …   Universalium

  • sialid — [sī al′i dənsī′ə lid] adj. [< ModL Sialidae < Gr sialis, a kind of bird] of an alderfly n. an alderfly: Also sialidan [sī al′i dən] …   English World dictionary

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