noun Date: 1854 any of various neuropterous insects (as genera Chrysopa and Hemerobius) having delicate lacelike wing venation, usually long antennae, and often brilliant eyes — called also lacewing fly

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  • Lacewing — Lace wing (l[=a]s w[i^]ng ), n. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of neuropterous insects of the genus {Chrysopa} and allied genera. They have delicate, lacelike wings and brilliant eyes. Their larv[ae] are useful in destroying aphids. Called …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lacewing — [lās′wiŋ΄] n. any of various families of neuropteran insects with four delicate, gauzy wings: the larvae feed on aphids and other insect pests …   English World dictionary

  • lacewing — /lays wing /, n. any of several insects of the family Chrysopidae, having delicate, lacelike wings and golden or copper colored eyes, the larvae of which are predaceous on aphids and other small insects. [1850 55; LACE + WING] * * * Any of… …   Universalium

  • lacewing — noun /ˈleɪs.wɪŋ/ Any of several gauzy winged insects of the families Chrysopidae and Hemerobiidae. Syn: lacewing fly …   Wiktionary

  • lacewing — n. type of insect which has delicate lacelike wings …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lacewing — noun a slender delicate insect with large clear membranous wings, predatory on aphids. [Chrysopidae (green lacewings) and other families.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • lacewing — lace•wing [[t]ˈleɪsˌwɪŋ[/t]] n. ent any of several slender green neuropteran insects of the family Chrysopidae, with transparent wings …   From formal English to slang

  • lacewing — /ˈleɪswɪŋ/ (say layswing) noun any of various neuropterous insects, with delicate lacelike wings, whose larvae prey chiefly on aphids …   Australian English dictionary

  • lacewing — n. a neuropterous insect …   Useful english dictionary

  • lacewing fly — noun any of two families of insects with gauzy wings (Chrysopidae and Hemerobiidae); larvae feed on insect pests such as aphids • Syn: ↑lacewing • Hypernyms: ↑neuropteron, ↑neuropteran, ↑neuropterous insect • Hyponyms: ↑green …   Useful english dictionary

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