mayfly
noun Date: circa 1653 any of an order (Ephemeroptera) of insects with an aquatic nymph and a short-lived fragile adult having membranous wings and two or three long caudal styles — called also ephemerid

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  • mayfly — /may fluy /, n., pl. mayflies. 1. Also called shadfly. any insect of the order Ephemeroptera, having delicate, membranous wings with the front pair much larger than the rear and having an aquatic larval stage and a terrestrial adult stage usually …   Universalium

  • mayfly — UK [ˈmeɪˌflaɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms mayfly : singular mayfly plural mayflies a flying insect that lives near water and has a very short life …   English dictionary

  • mayfly — [[t]me͟ɪflaɪ[/t]] mayflies N COUNT A mayfly is an insect which lives near water and only lives for a very short time as an adult …   English dictionary

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  • mayfly — noun Any of many fragile insects, of the order Ephemeroptera, that develop in fresh water, and live very briefly as adults. See Also: May, fly, hatch …   Wiktionary

  • mayfly — may·fly (maґfli) any insect of the order Ephemeroptera …   Medical dictionary

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