water strider
noun Date: 1888 any of various long-legged bugs (family Gerridae) that move about on the surface of the water

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  • water strider — n. any of an insect eating family (Gerridae) of usually slender bodied hemipteran insects, having long legs with which they glide swiftly on the surface film of calm waters, esp. of ponds and streams …   English World dictionary

  • water strider — noun long legged bug that skims about on the surface of water • Syn: ↑pond skater, ↑water skater • Hypernyms: ↑water bug • Hyponyms: ↑common pond skater, ↑Gerris lacustris …   Useful english dictionary

  • water strider — any of several aquatic bugs of the family Gerridae, having long, slender legs fringed with hairs, enabling the insects to dart about on the surface of the water. [1885 90] * * * ▪ insect also called  pond skater , or  skimmer   any insect of the… …   Universalium

  • water strider — noun Any of a number of predatory insects in the family Gerridae, which rely on surface tension to walk on top of water. Syn: pond skater, water scooter, water skater, water skimmer …   Wiktionary

  • water strider — wa′ter strid er n. ent any of several aquatic bugs of the family Gerridae, having long, slender legs fringed with minute hairs, enabling the insects to dart about on the surface of the water • Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • water strider — /ˈwɔtə straɪdə/ (say wawtuh struyduh) noun any of the hemipterous insects constituting the family Gerridae, having long, slender legs, and darting about on the surface of water; pond skater …   Australian English dictionary

  • water strider — noun North American term for pond skater …   English new terms dictionary

  • smaller water strider — ▪ insect also called  Ripple Bug, or Broad shouldered Water Strider        (the latter name derives from the fact that the body, widest at the middle or hind legs, tapers to the abdomen, giving the impression of broad shoulders), any of the… …   Universalium

  • Strider — can refer to: * Strider is the standard English title of Leo Tolstoy s novella Kholstomer * Strider, an alias of Aragorn, a character from The Lord of the Rings **Strider, a pony named after Aragorn by Frodo, in The Lord of the Rings *Strider,… …   Wikipedia

  • Water treader — Water treaders Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta …   Wikipedia

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