plural noun

: a family of very delicate two-winged flies (suborder Nematocera) with long black white-barred legs and larvae with a prolonged caudal respiratory tube comprising the phantom crane flies

Word History


New Latin, from Ptychoptera, type genus (from ptych- + -ptera) + -idae

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“Ptychopteridae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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