gallfly
noun Date: circa 1834 an insect (as a gall wasp) that deposits its eggs in plants causing the formation of galls in which the larvae feed

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  • Gallfly — Gall fly , n.; pl. {Gallflies}. (Zo[ o]l.) An insect that deposits its eggs in plants, and occasions galls, esp. any small hymenopteran of the genus {Cynips} and allied genera. See Illust. of {Gall}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gallfly — [gôl′flī΄] n. pl. gallflies an insect whose eggs or larvae cause galls when deposited in plant stems, or one which lays its eggs in galls produced by other insects …   English World dictionary

  • gallfly — noun 1. small solitary wasp that produces galls on oaks and other plants • Syn: ↑gall wasp, ↑cynipid wasp, ↑cynipid gall wasp • Hypernyms: ↑wasp • Member Holonyms: ↑Cynipidae, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • gallfly — /gawl fluy /, n., pl. gallflies. any of various insects that deposit their eggs in plants, causing the formation of galls. [1815 25; GALL3 + FLY2] * * * …   Universalium

  • gallfly — noun Any of various flies which produce galls …   Wiktionary

  • gallfly — gall•fly [[t]ˈgɔlˌflaɪ[/t]] n. pl. flies ent any of various insects that deposit their eggs in plants, causing the formation of galls • Etymology: 1815–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • gallfly — /ˈgɔlflaɪ/ (say gawlfluy) noun (plural gallflies) → gall wasp …   Australian English dictionary

  • wheat gallfly — noun : the imago of the jointworm …   Useful english dictionary

  • Gallflies — Gallfly Gall fly , n.; pl. {Gallflies}. (Zo[ o]l.) An insect that deposits its eggs in plants, and occasions galls, esp. any small hymenopteran of the genus {Cynips} and allied genera. See Illust. of {Gall}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gall wasp — noun small solitary wasp that produces galls on oaks and other plants • Syn: ↑gallfly, ↑cynipid wasp, ↑cynipid gall wasp • Hypernyms: ↑wasp • Member Holonyms: ↑Cynipidae, ↑family Cynipid …   Useful english dictionary

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