caddis fly

noun

Definition of caddis fly

: any of an order (Trichoptera) of insects with four membranous usually hairy wings,vestigial mouthparts, slender many-jointed antennae, and aquatic larvae — compare caddisworm

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1735

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CADDIS FLY Defined for Kids

caddis fly

noun cad·dis fly \ ˈka-dəs- \

Definition of caddis fly for Students

: an insect that has four wings and a larva which lives in water in a silk case covered especially with bits of wood, gravel, sand, or plant matter

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