crane fly
noun Date: 1658 any of a family (Tipulidae) of long-legged slender dipteran flies that resemble large mosquitoes but do not bite

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  • Crane fly — Nephrotoma (spotted crane fly) …   Wikipedia

  • crane fly — crane fly, adj. any of numerous nonbiting insects constituting the family Tipulidae, inhabiting damp areas and resembling a large mosquito with extremely long legs. [1650 60] * * * Harmless, slow flying dipteran (family Tipulidae) usually found… …   Universalium

  • Crane fly — Crane Crane (kr[=a]n), n. [AS. cran; akin to D. & LG. craan, G. kranich, krahn (this in sense 2), Gr. ge ranos, L. grus, W. & Armor. garan, OSlav. zerav[i^], Lith. gerve, Icel. trani, Sw. trana, Dan. trane. [root]24. Cf. {Geranium}.] 1. (Zo[… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crane fly — plural crane flies n BrE a flying insect with long legs = ↑daddy longlegs …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • crane fly — ► NOUN ▪ a slender two winged fly with very long legs; a daddy long legs …   English terms dictionary

  • crane fly — crane ,fly noun count a flying insect with very long legs …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • crane fly — crane′ fly n. ent any of numerous nonbiting insects constituting the family Tipulidae, resembling a large mosquito with long legs …   From formal English to slang

  • crane fly — n. any of a family (Tipulidae) of slender, mosquitolike dipterous flies with long legs …   English World dictionary

  • crane fly — noun long legged slender flies that resemble large mosquitoes but do not bite • Syn: ↑daddy longlegs • Hypernyms: ↑dipterous insect, ↑two winged insects, ↑dipteran, ↑dipteron • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • crane fly — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms crane fly : singular crane fly plural crane flies a flying insect with very long legs …   English dictionary

  • crane fly — fly with thin long legs that resembles mosquito but does not sting …   English contemporary dictionary

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